Appointment of Christchurch Coroner

  • Christopher Finlayson

Attorney-General, Christopher Finlayson, today announced the appointment of Christchurch lawyer Anna Tutton as a Coroner. Ms Tutton replaces retiring Christchurch Coroner, Richard McElrea.

Ms Tutton has held a practising certificate for over 25 years. She is currently employed by New Zealand Police as the manager of the Lower North South legal team and acted as legal adviser to the Police response to the Pike River mine disaster. Ms Tutton has worked primarily in criminal law and legal training roles, in both government and private practice, including as a High Court Judges’ clerk, Assistant Crown Counsel, Crown prosecutor, senior counsel at the Commerce Commission and Deputy National Director of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies.

Ms Tutton takes up her appointment on 26 January 2015.