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District Court Judge appointed

05 August 2019

Palmerston North barrister and solicitor Russell Walker has been appointed a District Court Judge with both jury and Family Court jurisdiction.

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Judge Russell Walker. 

He will be based in Invercargill and will be sworn in on 26 August 2019 in Palmerston North.

Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in December 1987, Judge Walker has worked as a sole practitioner in Palmerston North since 1997. He was counsel in various criminal matters until 2005 when he began to focus on Family Court work. He has conducted over 300 mediations and is a Resolution Institute accredited mediator and Family Dispute Resolution practitioner.

Russell Walker is approved as Lawyer for Child and Lawyer to Assist as well as being a Youth Advocate. He has been heavily involved in regional New Zealand Law Society initiatives involving the Family Court.

Last updated on the 16th September 2019