District Court Judge appointed

  • Christopher Finlayson

Blenheim lawyer Murray Hunt has been appointed a Family Court Judge to serve in Whangarei, Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today.

Mr Hunt was admitted to the bar in 1984 and is of Ngai Tahu and Pakeha descent. He has been a partner at Blenheim firm Hardy Jones Clark since 2007 and was a partner of Gascoigne Wicks (also Blenheim) from 1986 to 2007.

In the early part of his career he was involved in a broad mix of civil, family and criminal litigation including appearing as Senior Counsel in criminal jury trials in the District and High Courts as well as appearances on criminal appeals at the Court of Appeal. He has regularly appeared in the Family Court and is a Youth Advocate. He has also practiced in the area of resource management over the last ten years. He acted for the Kaikoura District Council and has sat regularly as an independent commissioner on resource consent matters in Marlborough.

He currently serves his community as a member of the Marlborough Boys College’s board of trustees, member of the Marlborough Division Cancer Society and he is a director of Tasman Rugby Union, and as honorary solicitor to a number of community and sporting groups.

Judge Hunt will be sworn in on 25 October 2013 in Blenheim.