Acting Chief District Court Judge John Walker, has advised that Palmerston North Barrister, Russell Walker has been appointed as a District Court Judge, with both jury and Family Court jurisdiction to be based in Invercargill.
He has worked as a sole practitioner in Palmerston North since 1997. Since 2005 he has focussed on Family Court work and has conducted over 300 mediations. He is a LEADR (now Resolution Institute) accredited mediator and Family Dispute Resolution practitioner. Russell Walker is approved as Lawyer for Child and Lawyer to Assist as well as being a Youth Advocate. Prior to 2005 he was counsel in various criminal matters in the District Court and with appeals in the High Court. He has been heavily involved in regional Law Society initiatives involving the Family Court.
A swearing in ceremony will be held at the Palmerston North District Court on Monday 26th August, commencing with a mihi whakatau at 4.00pm
Members of the NZBA are invited to attend this ceremony.