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Two District Court Judges appointed

29 August 2019

Auckland barrister Clare Bennett and Napier barrister Jonathan Krebs have been appointed District Court Judges.

Clare Bennett was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in December 1986. She has been in chambers as a barrister in Auckland and Manukau since 1999.

She was appointed a Youth Advocate in 1989 and in recent years has focused her practice in that jurisdiction.  

She holds approval for all categories with the Legal Services Agency. From 1989 to 1999 she practised as a barrister in Hamilton.  

Ms Bennett has been a member of the Litigation Skills Faculty since 2004. She has chaired the last two triennial National Youth Advocates Conferences as well as contributing to other seminars throughout her career. 

Judge Bennett will be sworn in on 3 October 2019 at the Manukau District Court, commencing at 4:00pm. She will have jury jurisdiction and will be based on the North Shore.

Jonathan Krebs has been a barrister sole since late 2006 and has chambers in Napier and Auckland. 

Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in April 1988, he was with Napier firm Langley Twigg Solicitors from 1988 to 1998. From late 1998 he was a Senior Prosecutor with Meredith Connell in Auckland until 2001.

He was a partner of the Hawke’s Bay Crown Solicitors, Elvidge & Partners, from 2002 to 2006 before being seconded to the Attorney-General’s Office in Apia, Samoa, for two months at the end of 2006.

The principal focus of his career has been criminal and civil litigation. He was the convenor of the New Zealand Law Society's Criminal Law Committee for 10 years and is a past President of the Hawke’s Bay District Law Society.

In 2012 he was Director of the NZLS CLE Ltd Litigation Skills programme.

Judge Krebs will be sworn in on 1 October 2019 in Napier. He will have jury jurisdiction and will be based in Palmerston North.

Last updated on the 16th September 2019