Tonga’s chief justice takes New Zealand job

The Kiwi will return to Christchurch.
Associate Judge Owen Paulsen.

The Lord Chief Justice of the Kingdom of Tonga, Owen Paulsen, has been appointed an Associate Judge of the High Court, Attorney-General David Parker has announced. 

Since 2015 Paulsen has been Lord Chief Justice of the Kingdom of Tonga, the President of the Tongan Court of Appeal and the Land Court and sits as an adviser to King Tupou VI on the Privy Council in land cases.

Associate Judge Paulsen graduated from the University of Canterbury with an LLB in 1986 and began his career as a solicitor at Harman & Co. He became a partner there in 1991, before leaving in 1998 to travel overseas.

From 2000 to 2001 he was an adjudication and mediation member of the Employment Tribunal while also managing a sole practice as a litigation lawyer.

In July 2001 he joined Cavell Leitch Law as the head litigation partner. He practised in a broad range of areas including commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation, employment, human rights and criminal law. While in this role, he graduated from the University of Auckland with an LLM (Comm) (Hons).

He will sit in Christchurch.

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