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A Window into Becoming a District and or Family Court Judge

A Window into Becoming a District and or Family Court Judge
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An invitation from the Chief District Court Judge and the Principal Family Court Judge to hear what it takes to be a modern judge

The District Court is the engine room of New Zealand’s civil and criminal justice system. It touches the lives of thousands of people, and many people’s entire futures may turn on its decisions.

Barristers derive professional fulfilment through helping clients to reach fair outcomes during a conflict or crisis in their lives, the cut and thrust of courtroom argument and a love of the law. Members of the profession will appreciate the importance of good quality judging to this process. Perhaps less appreciated are the opportunities a judicial career offers for taking professional fulfilment to a new level while continuing to make a real difference in people’s lives.

The District Court is entering a phase of renewal in the next few years as a wave of judges reach retirement age. This opens the door to experienced lawyers to consider whether joining the Bench might be a good career move. Yet many potential candidates may be put off because of outdated perceptions about the role and qualities of a judge.

Modern judging is increasingly dynamic. To truly represent the public it serves, the District Court needs a diverse mix of judges who reflect the wide range of communities who make up Aotearoa New Zealand. Both the criminal and family divisions of the District Court need judges who are compassionate, in touch with community views and expectations, solutions focused and innovative, and of course knowledgeable of the law and skilled in its practice. The modern District Court judge is nimble, open to new ideas and able to withstand the public gaze and criticism in an age of relentless media scrutiny. In the District Court, the role is particularly varied and offers wide scope for individuals to show initiative and make their mark.

To help determine whether this role might be for you, and whether your current career settings are right should you wish to progress on to the Bench, NZLS CLE is hosting a series of seminars around the country to provide a window into the life of a District Court Judge.

We will lead what we aim to be lively sessions where we will answer questions, step attendees through a typical day in the life of a judge and explain the selection process and more about the qualities we are seeking. You might be surprised.

We encourage you to more than think about, and to come along.

Jan-Marie Doogue, Chief District Court Judge
Jackie Moran, Principal Family Court Judge
Chief Judge Doogue
Her Hon Chief District Court
Judge Jan-Marie Doogue


PFCJ-Jackie-Moran
Her Hon Principal Family Court
Judge Jackie Moran

Learning objectives

This seminar will help you determine whether this role might be for you, and whether your current career settings are right should you wish to progress on to the Bench.

Who should attend

All practitioners who may wish to progress to the bench.

Materials

There are no materials for this seminar.

Presenters 

  • Her Hon Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue
  • Her Hon Principal Family Court Judge Jackie Moran

Fee

  • This seminar is offered free of charge, but you must still register.

Times

  • 5.15pm - 6.30pm

View PDF registration form here.

Christchurch - Venue differs from that originally advertised 27 February
Wellington - Venue differs from that originally advertised 28 February
Auckland 1 11 March
Hamilton - Venue differs from that originally advertised 12 March
Auckland 2 15 April
Dunedin 17 April
 
CONTACT
INQUIRIES
freephone (within NZ)
0800 333 111

EMAIL 
cle@lawyerseducation.co.nz

PHONE
04 472 7837

FAX
04 463 2986
 
ADDRESS
NZLS CLE Ltd

DX SP 20202
PO Box 5041
Wellington 6140
New Zealand