Acting District Court Judge appointed

  • Christopher Finlayson

Havelock North lawyer John Bergseng has been appointed an acting District Court Judge with general and jury warrants for a period of two years, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

The acting Judge will sit in Waitakere. His appointment is to cover for a District Court Judge who has been seconded to the Supreme Court of Vanuatu.

Mr Bergseng was admitted to the bar in 1988. He has appeared mainly in the criminal jurisdiction, including jury trial work, ranging from the District Court to the Court of Appeal. In 1996 he was appointed to the Rotorua Crown Panel, prosecuting in criminal jury trials which included multiple accused and with multiple counsel. He has lived in Auckland, Australia, Tauranga and Havelock North since then and continued to travel to attend to trial work or undertake work for New Zealand clients.

Judge Bergseng will be sworn in on 13 November 2013 in Rotorua.