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Free seminars explore becoming a judge

23 January 2019

Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue and Principal Family Court Judge Jackie Moran are to present four seminars in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch on what it takes to be a modern judge.

The free "A Window into Life on the Bench" seminars are each 1.25 CPD hours and are being hosted by NZLS CLE Ltd. Any lawyers who have ever contemplated a judicial career are welcome to attend.

Judges Doogue and Moran say 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  Yet many potential candidates may be put off because of outdated perceptions about the role and qualities of a judge," they say.

"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."

The seminars are being held in Christchurch on 27 February, in Wellington on 28 February, in Auckland on 11 March and in Hamilton on 12 March. All run from 5:15pm to 6:30pm.

"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," say Judges Doogue and Moran.

Full details of the seminars are available here.

Last updated on the 16th September 2019