Justice John Hansen, whose final sitting took place in Christchurch recently, has been a permanent High Court Judge for 12 years. Justice Hansen studied at Otago University and was admitted in 1968.
After practising in Dunedin, he joined the Hong Kong judiciary in 1979 and sat as a magistrate, coroner, district court judge, family court judge and master of the Hong Kong High Court. He returned to New Zealand in 1988 to become a Master of the High Court, also serving as a High Court judge. In 1995, he was appointed as a permanent High Court Judge, sitting primarily in Christchurch, but also in Dunedin, Auckland and Invercargill.
A keen follower of sport, Justice Hansen has had a life-long association with cricket. While in Hong Kong, he was captain of the Kowloon Cricket Club and managed the Hong Kong international team for a time. He has continued to play cricket until recently and is president of the Willows Cricket Club in north Canterbury. He is New Zealand’s appointment on the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct commission and acted as an appeals commissioner during the recent racial slur controversy between the Australian and Indian teams.
This article was first published in LawTalk 709, 2 June 2008, page 4.