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New Judicial Conduct Commissioner and Deputy

08 July 2015

Former New Zealand Law Society Executive Director Alan Ritchie has been appointed Judicial Conduct Commissioner, and Wellington lawyer Kathryn Snook has been appointed Deputy Judicial Conduct Commissioner.

The appointments are for five-year terms and follow a notice of motion in Parliament by Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson on 2 July 2015.

The retiring Commissioner, Sir David Gascoigne, was appointed in 2009 and did not seek reappointment. 

Mr Finlayson has expressed the Government's appreciation and gratitude for the professional and conscientious manner in which Sir David carried out his duties.

Mr Ritchie has been Deputy Judicial Conduct Commissioner since 2011. He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1971 and practised in Ashburton and Wellington for 12 years before becoming Chief Executive Office and then Executive Director of the New Zealand Law Society in 1985, until 2008. He is also a member and panel convenor of the Parole Board.

Ms Snook was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1991 and worked with Minter Ellison Rudd Watts as a senior legal associate from 1997 to 2000. She was employed by the Office of Treaty Settlements from 2004 to 2008 before returning to Minter Ellison Rudd Watts until 2010. She was apopinted a member of the Parole board in 2011 and became a panel convenor in 2013.

Last updated on the 16th September 2019