New Zealand, Chief Justices

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Chief Justice of New Zealand

The Chief Justice of New Zealand (in Māori: Te Kaiwhakawā Tumuaki o Aotearoa) is the head of the New Zealand judiciary, and presides over the Supreme Court of New Zealand. Before the establishment of the latter court in 2004 the Chief Justice was the presiding judge in the High Court of New Zealand and was also ex officio a member of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand. The office is established by the Judicature Act 1908.

The Governor-General of New Zealand appoints the Chief Justice on the advice of the Prime Minister.

The Chief Justice acts in place of the Governor-General if one has not been appointed or if the appointee is unable to perform his or her duties. When acting in place of the Governor-General, the Chief Justice is known as the Administrator of the Government.[1]

Holder of Office

Name Box Status
William MartinCreatedNot Connected
George ArneyCreatedConnected
James PrendergastCreatedNot Connected
Sir Robert StoutCreatedConnected
Charles SkerrettCreatedNot Connected
Michael MyersCreated Connected
Humphrey O'LearyCreatedNot Connected
Harold BarrowcloughCreatedConnected
Richard WildCreatedConnected
Ronald DavisonCreatedConnected
Thomas EichelbaumCreatedNot Connected
Sian EliasCreatedConnected
Helen WinkelmannNot CreatedNot Connected


  1. Wikipedia:Chief Justice of New Zealand

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