Judge Kaiwhakawā

Judges listen to court cases and make decisions on matters of law.

Judges may do some or all of the following:

  • enforce the rules during court cases
  • listen to the evidence of witnesses and the arguments of lawyers
  • make rulings on what evidence may be used
  • guide juries on the law
  • come to decisions on legal cases or receive the decisions of juries
  • pass sentence on people who are convicted
  • write decisions on cases
  • sit on tribunals to help solve disputes
  • decide custody and access disputes.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for judges includes:

  • work as a barrister and/or solicitor
  • legal advisory work
  • work for the Ministry of Justice
  • work at parliament drafting new laws.

Personal Qualities

Judges need to be:

  • mature and responsible
  • honest and fair
  • accepting of public scrutiny
  • trustworthy
  • able to interpret and analyse information.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for judges includes:

  • work as a barrister and/or solicitor
  • legal advisory work
  • work for the Ministry of Justice
  • work at parliament drafting new laws.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include English, history and classical studies, te reo Māori and social studies.

Related Courses

Judges can earn around $334K-$490K per year per year.

Judges may progress from District Court judge to positions in higher courts such as the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Judges may also progress to impartial positions within government such as Governor-General.

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