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Justice Williams appointed to Supreme Court Justice Joseph Victor Williams has been appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court, effective from 2 May. Justice Williams graduated with an L L B f ro m Vi c t o r i a University in 1986 and joined the faculty as a junior lecturer in law. He graduated with an LLM(Hons) from the University of British Columbia in 1988. In 1988 he joined Kensington Swan, establishing the first unit specialising in Māori issues in a major New Zealand law firm and developing a large environmental practice. He became a partner at Kensington Swan in 1992, leaving in 1994 to co‑found Walters Williams & Co in Auckland and Wellington. In 1999 Justice Williams was appointed Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court. The following year, he was appointed acting Chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal and was permanently appointed in 2004. He was appointed as a Judge of the High Court in 2008 and a Judge of the Court of Appeal in 2018. Justice Williams’ tribal affiliations are Ngāti Pūkenga and Te Arawa (Waitaha, Tapuika). An appointment to the Supreme Court was required after current Supreme Court judge Justice Sir William Young was named to chair the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the attack on the Christchurch Mosques on 15 March 2019.
David Goddard appointed to Court of Appeal Wellington Queen’s Counsel David Goddard has been appointed a Judge of the High Court and the Court of Appeal. He will be sworn in on 19 July. Ju s t i ce G o d d a r d graduated with a BA(Hons) in mathematics from Victoria University of Wellington in 1983, subsequently gaining a BA(Hons)
in law in 1986 from Oxford University in England, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Having lectured in law at Bristol University, Justice Goddard returned to New Zealand in 1988 to practise as a lawyer at Chapman Tripp. He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand in February 1989. He was a litigation partner at that firm from 1991 to 1998, before beginning practice as a barrister sole in 1999. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2003. Justice Goddard has been a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal since May 2011, and Acting President of the Tribunal since February 2018. He was a VicePresident of the Diplomatic Conference that adopted the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements in 2003, and a member of the drafting committee for that Treaty. Justice Goddard has more recently been undertaking research at New York University as a Senior Global Fellow from Practice and Government in the Hauser Global Law School.
Appointments welcomed The appointment of Justice Joseph Williams as the first Māori on the Supreme Court is something all New Zealanders should be proud of, says New Zealand Law Society President Tiana Epati. “This is an historic appointment for Māori as tangata whenua, and for all of Aotearoa, New Zealand. He represents a new era which has arrived and serves as a powerful beacon of hope for any person who aspires to climb and stand at the very top of the mountain,” she says. “I would also like to congratulate David Goddard QC on his appointment to the Court of Appeal. A direct appointment to the Court of Appeal is rare, and he has made an enormous contribution to justice through his work in domestic and international law reform as well as chairing the Borrin Foundation Grants and Scholarship Committee,” Ms Epati says.
Lope Ginnen appointed District Court Judge Auckland barrister Faumui Penelope (Lope) Ginnen has been appointed a
District Court Judge to be based in Manukau. Judge Ginnen is of Samoan (Safune, Tufutafoe, Leauva’a, Lefaga) and Pākehā descent. She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in October 1991. She has been a barrister at Halcyon Chambers since 2005. Before that she was at the law firm King Alofivae Malosi founded by Judge La-Verne King; Ali’imuamua Sandra Alofivae and Judge Ida Malosi; and then a partner at KAM Legal. Earlier in her career she was at Burns Hart & Co, Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Law Office and Russell McVeagh. Judge Ginnen will be sworn in on 26 July 2019 in Manukau. She will also have jurisdiction as a Family Court Judge.
Acting members of the judiciary appointed Retired Court of Appeal Judge John Richard Wild has been appointed an Acting Judge of the Court of Appeal from 29 April 2019 to 28 April 2020. Justice Wild retired in March 2017 after being appointed to the Court of Appeal in February 2011. After graduating from Victoria University of Wellington in 1968 he worked at Bell Gully before becoming a barrister sole in 1976. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1993 and to the High Court bench in 1998. Retired Court of Appeal Judge Lynton Laurence Stevens has been appointed an Acting Judge of the Court of Appeal from 29 April 2019 to 28 April 2020. Justice Stevens was a Court of Appeal judge from July 2010 until his retirement in August 2016. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1997 and a High Court Judge in 2006. Judge Melanie Harland has been appointed Acting Principal Environment Judge from 8 May until Principal Environment Judge Laurie Newhook resumes the duties of that office. Judge Harland is based in the Environment Court in Auckland. She was appointed an 19