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Two Acting District Court Judges appointed

18 May 2016

Two Acting District Court Judges have been appointed. Both will hold jury warrants.

Hamilton barrister and solicitor Philip Crayton has been appointed an Acting District Court Judge in Whanganui.

Previously a barrister in the United Kingdom, Mr Crayton has practised in New Zealand for over 14 years and was appointed a partner at Almao Douch in 2004 after practising as a senior staff solicitor with Almao Kellaway.

Judge Crayton has practised in the criminal jurisdiction at all levels up to the Court of Appeal. He will be sworn in on 14 June 2016 in Hamilton.

Auckland barrister Sanjay Patel has been appointed an Acting District Court Judge in Manukau.

Mr Patel was admitted in June 1992 and worked at Davenports in Henderson from 1993 to 1996 when he moved to Corban Revell. He became a barrister sole in 1999, specialising in criminal defence litigation in the District Courts, High Court and Court of Appeal.

Judge Patel will be sworn in on 22 June 2016 in Manukau.

Last updated on the 18th May 2016