District Court judge appointed

Lawyer and mediator takes southern post.
Judge Russell Walker

Palmerston North barrister and solicitor Russell Walker has been appointed as a district court Judge with both jury and Family Court jurisdiction, based in Invercargill, Attorney-General David Parker announced. 

He has worked as a sole practitioner in Palmerston North since 1997. Since 2005 he has focussed on Family Court work and has conducted more than 300 mediations. 

He is a LEADR (now Resolution Institute) accredited mediator and family dispute resolution practitioner.

Judge Walker is approved as Lawyer for Child and Lawyer to Assist as well as being a youth advocate. Before 2005 he was counsel in various criminal matters in the District Court and with appeals in the High Court. He has been heavily involved in regional Law Society initiatives involving the Family Court.

Judge Walker will be sworn in later this month in Palmerston North.

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