Appointment of Judges of the High Court

  • Paul East

The Attorney-General Paul East announced today the appointment of Bradley Harle Giles and Judith Marjorie Potter as Judges of the High Court.

Justice Giles graduated from the University of Auckland in 1973 and gained a Master of Laws from the University of Michigan in 1974. He was visiting scholar in residence at Tulane University between 1982 and 1983.

Between 1961 and 1968 he was employed in the Courts Division of the Department of Justice. In 1969 he worked for the Auckland firm of Anderson Sneddon and Bradford, and in 1971 he joined Russell McVeagh McKenzie Bartleet & Co, becoming a partner in 1974. He commenced practice as a barrister sole in 1991. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1995.

Between 1978 and 1979 he held the position of Advocate General of the Cook Islands, responsible for advising Government and conducting litigation on behalf of the Crown. He continued to act as advisor in the subsequent years.

He is the author of the New Zealand commentary on Halsbury's Laws of England: Shipping which was published in 1986, and has been a contributor to New Zealand Recent Law Review. He has also been the New Zealand Correspondent to Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly.

Between 1983 and 1990 he was a part-time lecturer at the University of Auckland. He has acted as trustee of the Melanesian Trust Board, and as a panel member (marine) of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. He has also been a panel member (marine and insurance) of the Arbitrators Institute of New Zealand.

Justice Potter graduated from the University of Auckland and joined the Auckland firm of Kensington Swan. She served as President of the Auckland District Law Society in 1988, and as President of the New Zealand Law Society from 1991 to 1994.

She was appointed to the Chair of the Broadcasting Standards Authority in 1995, and as a member of the Securities Commission in 1988. She was made a Fellow of the Institute of Directors in 1993.

In 1993 she was appointed a Director of New Zealand Guardian Trust Company Limited and in 1995 she was appointed to the Chair. She has also been a Director of the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand Limited.

In 1990 she was awarded the Sesquicentennial Medal, and in 1992 the New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal. She was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1994.

Justice Giles' appointment takes effect from 1 April 1997. Justice Potter's appointment takes effect on 15 May 1997. Both new judges will sit in Auckland.