Chief District Court Judge

24 Chief District Court Judge


There must be a Chief District Court Judge appointed by the Governor-General on the advice of the Attorney-General.


The Chief District Court Judge is head of the court.


The Chief District Court Judge must ensure the orderly and efficient conduct of the court’s business and, for that purpose, may, among other things,—


determine the sessions of the court; and


assign Judges to those sessions; and


assign Judges to particular divisions or jurisdictions; and


assign Judges to the hearing of cases and other duties; and


determine the places and schedules of sessions for individual Judges (including varying the places and schedules of sessions for Judges from time to time); and


manage the workload of individual Judges; and


delegate administrative duties to individual Judges; and


oversee and promote the professional development, continuing education, and training of Judges; and


make directions and set standards for best practice and procedure in the court.


The Chief District Court Judge, in assigning a Judge to the Family Court or the Youth Court, may give directions in relation to the Family Court or the Youth Court, as the case may be, but must first consult the principal Judge of the court in question.


The fact that a Judge sits in any particular court is conclusive evidence of his or her authority so to do, and no exercise of any jurisdiction or power by a Judge may be questioned on the ground that he or she was not authorised to sit in the court where the jurisdiction or power was so exercised.


The reference in subsections (3) and (5) to jurisdiction means—


the ordinary civil and criminal jurisdiction of the District Court, including common law and equitable jurisdiction and admiralty jurisdiction:


the specialist jurisdiction of the District Court by virtue of the constitution of the Family Court and the Youth Court as divisions of the District Court.


The power conferred by this section on the Chief District Court Judge does not include the power to give directions in relation to any District Court Judge who for the time being presides over, or holds office as a member of, or holds office as, a tribunal.

Compare: 1947 No 16 ss 5A, 9