IAWJ Member, Hon. Helen Winkelmann Appointed Chief Justice of New Zealand

New Zealand | The IAWJ wishes to congratulate Hon. Helen Winkelmann for her new appointment as New Zealand’s Chief Justice.

Justice Winkelmann, was appointed Chief Justice of New Zealand and Judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand in December, 2018. She will start her role on March 13, 2019 as the current Chief Justice, IAWJ member Hon. Dame Sian Elias, retires.

In a media statement, New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said that Justice Winkelmann was

“recognized by her peers … for her superior intellect, her judicial instinct and experience, coupled with strong leadership, qualities that I am sure will make an outstanding Chief Justice.”

The Prime Minister also highlighted that there was a “high degree of consensus” on the decision. She added, “Hon. Winkelmann graduated with an LLB and a BA in History from Auckland University in 1984 and began work as a law clerk with Auckland firm Phillips Fox.  In 1988, at age 25, Justice Winkelmann became the first female partner and one of the youngest partners ever in the firm’s 117 year history.” “Justice Winkelmann was appointed a High Court Judge in 2004 and Chief High Court Judge in 2009.  In 2015 she was appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal.”

The Prime Minister also highighted Hon. Sian Elias’ excellent work as Chief Justice. She said that Justice Sian Elias “has played a significant role in the development of our laws and constitution and has represented New Zealand superbly on the international stage.”

Read the full statement here.