Acting District Court Judge appointed

  • Christopher Finlayson

Manukau barrister and solicitor Soana Moala has been appointed an Acting District Court Judge with a jury warrant to be based in Manukau, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

Ms Moala was admitted to the bar in 2002 and was a Crown prosecutor at Meredith Connell from that year until 2012. During that time she prosecuted a significant number of criminal trials in both the District Court and High Court, including serious violence, sexual abuse and drug crime trials.

She established the partnership Moala Merrick in 2012, specialising in criminal defence law. Ms Moala is also on the prosecution panel for the Manukau Crown Solicitors.

Judge Moala will be sworn in on 2 September 2016 in Manukau.