Wednesday, June 19, 2024

District Court Judge trio announced

Attorney-General, Judith Collins, has announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.

The appointments will replace Judges who have recently retired.

Peter James Davey (pictured, right) of Auckland has been appointed a District Court Judge with a jury jurisdiction to be based at Whangarei. Mr Davey initially started work as a law clerk/solicitor with Bell Gully, before becoming a Crown prosecutor in Rotorua.  In 1998 he joined Lowndes Jordan in Auckland, becoming a partner at that firm before leaving to establish himself as a barrister sole in 2004.

Judge Davey will be sworn in on 18 June.

Paul Laurence Murray of Palmerston North has been appointed a District Court Judge with a jury jurisdiction to be based on the North Shore. Mr Murray began his legal career in Russell McVeagh’s litigation team before moving to Palmerston North in 2004 to take up a position as an associate – and later a partner and Crown Prosecutor – with Ben Vanderkolk and Associates. 

Judge Murray will be sworn in on 17 June.

Kirsty Elizabeth Swadling (pictured, left) of Auckland has been appointed a District Court Judge with a family jurisdiction to be based in Waitakere. Ms Swadling’s legal career began as a staff solicitor at Sellar Bone and partners.  She stayed with that firm until 2004, having been made partner in 1992, before starting practice as a Barrister Sole.

Judge Swadling will be sworn in on 12 June.

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