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Two Acting District Court Judges appointed

12 February 2016

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson has announced the appointment of two Acting District Court Judges.

Auckland barrister June Jelas has been appointed an Acting District Court Judge with a jury warrant to be based in Manukau.

Ms Jelas was admitted in July 1990. She has mainly practised as a trial prosecutor and appellate Crown Counsel in the field of criminal law.

Since 2000 she has been a regular faculty member and demonstrator for the New Zealand Law Society's Litigation Skills Programme, and she was a contributing author to the Law Society text An Introduction to Advocacy.

Judge Jelas will be sworn in on 11 March 2016 in Auckland.

Wellington lawyer Tom Gilbert has been appointed an Acting District Court Judge with a jury warrant to be based in Christchurch.

Mr Gilbert was admitted in September 1999. He has been a partner and Senior Crown Counsel with the Wellington Crown Solicitor Luke Cunningham Clere since 2006.

He is Convenor of the Mental Health Review Tribunal and a member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

Judge Gilbert will be sworn in on 15 April 2016 in Wellington.

Last updated on the 16th September 2019