First Maori judge for Supreme Court

Justice Joseph Williams.

Attorney-General David Parker has announced the appointment of a Supreme Court judge and a judge of the Court of Appeal.

Justice Joseph Victor Williams has been appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court, replacing Supreme Court judge Justice Sir William Young, who was named to chair the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the attack on the Christchurch Mosques on 15 March 2019.

In 1988 he joined Kensington Swan, establishing the first unit specialising in Māori issues in a major New Zealand law firm and developing a large environmental practice. 

 In 1999 he was appointed Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court.  The following year, he was appointed acting chair of the Waitangi Tribunal and was permanently appointed in 2004. He was appointed as a Judge of the High Court in 2008 and a Judge of the Court of Appeal in 2018.

Justice Williams’ tribal affiliations are Ngāti Pūkenga and Te Arawa (Waitaha, Tapuika).

David Goddard QC
David Goddard.

Wellington Queen’s Counsel David Goddard has been appointed a Judge of the High Court and the Court of Appeal. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2003.

Justice Goddard has been a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal since May 2011, and acting president of the tribunal since February 2018.  He has had extensive involvement in law reform in New Zealand and overseas, advising ministers and government agencies and representing New Zealand in bilateral and multilateral negotiations.

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