Appointment of Judge of the High Court

  • Paul East

The Attorney-General, Paul East announced today the appointment of Anthony Penrose Randerson as a judge of the High Court.

Justice Randerson graduated from Auckland University with an LLB Honours in 1972. He joined the firm of Wallace McLean Bawden and Partners, which later merged with Kensington Haynes & White to become Kensington Swan. He remained with the firm as a senior litigation partner until 1989 when he commenced practice as a barrister sole and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1996.

Justice Randerson was, until 1992, Convenor of the Legislation Committee of the New Zealand Law Society and Chairman of the High Court Committee of the Auckland District Law Society. He has been Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Auckland District Law Society. He has also been a member of the Council of the New Zealand Bar Association and has represented the Association and the New Zealand Law Society as a member of the Courts Consultative Committee.

In 1991 he chaired the Committee appointed by the Government to review the Resource Management Bill and later conducted a number of Law Society Seminars on the Resource Management Act. He contributed a chapter on the Resource Management Act for the second edition of Williams on Environmental Law and for eight years until 1994 was an editor of Sim and Cain on High Court Procedure.

In 1992 he was appointed as Hearing Commissioner by the Auckland City Council to hear applications for resource consents and has also been appointed a Hearing Commissioner by the North Shore City Council, the Waitakere City Council and the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

He has been accredited to the Lawyers Engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution (LEADR) Organisation in Australia and New Zealand and in February 1996 completed the Harvard Advanced Mediators Course. He has also acted as an arbitrator in a number of commercial disputes.

Justice Randerson's appointment takes effect on 1 October 1997. The new judge will sit in Auckland.