Former Chief Coroner, Judge Deborah Marshall, has paid tribute to New Zealand’s first Chief Coroner, Judge Neil MacLean QSO, who passed away on Friday.
She says Judge MacLean showed outstanding leadership in creating a full time professional coronial bench. “He fostered excellent working relationships with key stakeholders including ESR, the Police and health professionals.”
Coroner Peter Ryan, who worked with Judge MacLean from 2007 until he retired, recalled his “compassion and empathy” for grieving families. “Also, I appreciated the way he engaged with the members of the bench and involved us in the setting up of the new service”.
Sir Richard Ian Barker KC (17 March 1934 – 11 November 2022)
It is with great sadness that the legal profession farewells Sir Ian Barker KC, Honorary member of the NZBA | Ngā Ahorangi Motuhake o te Ture and a man with deep connections to many within the profession.
The Chief Justice welcomes the Attorney General’s announcement today of the appointments of High Court Associate Judge Peter Andrew as a Judge of the High Court, and Grant Brittain KC as an Associate Judge of the High Court.