ARE NEW ZEALANDERS CRITICAL OF OUR JUDGES?:
Yes, they are.The Sensible Sentencing Trust constantly hear complaints from the public that our judges are too soft on criminals, especially recidovist offenders and that the judges interest revolves almost exclusively around the offender, leaving the victim feeling left out of a situation they are very much part of.
SO WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT?:
By exposing judges decisions which are ridiculous in the extreme. On this site you will find examples of poor sentencing, biased considerations and misguided outcomes from some of our judges.
WHO APPOINTS JUDGES IN NEW ZEALAND?:
Judges in nz courts are appointed by the Governor-General on the advice of the Attorney-General, the Chief Justice, and the Solicitor-General.
WHO IS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL?:
The Attorney-General is simultaneously a ministerial position and the chief law officer of the Crown, and has responsibility for supervising New Zealand law and advising the government on legal matters.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS ARE REQUIRED TO BECOME A JUDGE?:
To become a judge you need to:
1. hold a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and have completed a Professional Legal Studies course.
2. have at least seven years' experience as a solicitor and/or barrister.
3. be of good character.
4. have a good knowledge of the law and what justice means in present-day New Zealand.
HOW MUCH ARE JUDGES PAID?:
Pay for judges varies depending on which court they work in.
Judges usually earn $334,000 to $490,000 a year.
Judges may also receive an allowance of $4,000 to $6,000 a year for general expenses. (as at April, 2018)