Judges

Judges of the Supreme Court

We invite you to peruse the below pages to see for yourself whether the nation’s highest court is a pathetic gang of fraudsters, and why an average judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand is complained about 29 times more often than an average New Zealand judge, and 210 times more often than an average judge of NSW, Australia1Refer to the 2014-15 statistics..

Judges of the Court of Appeal

Judges of other courts

Court Judge
DC Cunningham J
HC Ailsa Duffy J
HC Peter Woodhouse J
HC Pamela Andrews J
HC Sarah Katz J
HC Lowell Patria Goddard
DC M-E Sharp J
DC Gibson J

Statistics on judicial conduct complaints

New Zealand2Annual Report for 2013/2014, Office of the Judicial Conduct Commissioner, p 5. Annual Report for 2014/2015, Office of the Judicial Conduct Commissioner, p 5. Report for the year to 31 July 2016, Office of the Judicial Conduct Commissioner. NSW, Australia3Annual Report 2013–14, Judicial Commission of NSW, p 3. Annual Report 2014–15, Judicial Commission of NSW, pp 44, 46. Canada4Annual Report 2015, Canadian Judicial Council. United Kingdom5Annual Report 2014-15, Judicial Conduct Investigations Office.
All courts Supreme Court NSW judges Federal judges All courts
2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2013-14 2014-15 2014-15 2014-15
Population (million people) 4.4 7.5 35.1 64.1
Total complaints 235 313 355 67 177 221 48 59 1736Due to the lack of information on how the number of complaints was calculated by the Canadian Judicial Council, we assumed that each complaint was about exactly one judge. 2,4327Due to the lack of information on how the number of complaints was calculated by the UK Judicial Conduct Investigations Office, we assumed that each complaint was about exactly one judge.
Total judges 2538DC: 195, HC: 44, COA: 9, SC: 5. 2569DC: 195, HC: 46, COA: 10, SC: 5. 25610The number of judges in 2015-16 is assumed to be the same as in 2014-15. 5 5 5 352 350 >1,10011Mandate and powers, Canadian Judicial Council, retrieved on 22 August 2016. 29,13912Including 3,553 members of the full and part time judiciary, approximately 19,360 Magistrates and 6,226 Tribunal members: Annual Report 2014-15, Judicial Conduct Investigations Office, p 5.
Complaints/judge (CPJ) 0.93 1.22 1.39 13.40 35.40 44.20 0.14 0.17 <0.16 0.08
CPJ ratio: SCNZ to NZ 1 1 14.4 29.0
CPJ ratio: NZ and SCNZ to NSW 6.8 7.3 98.3 210.0 1 1

We note that in his 2014/15 annual report, the Judicial Conduct Commissioner attempted to downplay the exorbitant number of complaints about judges of the Supreme Court of New Zealand13Annual Report for 2014/2015, Office of the Judicial Conduct Commissioner, p 6.:

[The] way of reporting, while factually and numerically accurate, can convey a misleading impression, especially so far as the Supreme Court and (to a lesser extent) the Court of Appeal are concerned. The point is best illustrated by an example. If three separate complainants each lodge two comparable complaints in respect of all five Judges of the Supreme Court, then that represents six complaints naming 30 Judges in total.

This misconceived argument has no effect on the average figures in the above table. Using the JCC’s example, three separate complainants each complaining about two instances of fraudulent conduct on the part of the same judicial panel would produce 6 complaints per judge on average, regardless of whether the panel consisted of one, three or five judges.

References   [ + ]

1. Refer to the 2014-15 statistics.
2. Annual Report for 2013/2014, Office of the Judicial Conduct Commissioner, p 5. Annual Report for 2014/2015, Office of the Judicial Conduct Commissioner, p 5. Report for the year to 31 July 2016, Office of the Judicial Conduct Commissioner.
3. Annual Report 2013–14, Judicial Commission of NSW, p 3. Annual Report 2014–15, Judicial Commission of NSW, pp 44, 46.
4. Annual Report 2015, Canadian Judicial Council.
5. Annual Report 2014-15, Judicial Conduct Investigations Office.
6. Due to the lack of information on how the number of complaints was calculated by the Canadian Judicial Council, we assumed that each complaint was about exactly one judge.
7. Due to the lack of information on how the number of complaints was calculated by the UK Judicial Conduct Investigations Office, we assumed that each complaint was about exactly one judge.
8. DC: 195, HC: 44, COA: 9, SC: 5.
9. DC: 195, HC: 46, COA: 10, SC: 5.
10. The number of judges in 2015-16 is assumed to be the same as in 2014-15.
11. Mandate and powers, Canadian Judicial Council, retrieved on 22 August 2016.
12. Including 3,553 members of the full and part time judiciary, approximately 19,360 Magistrates and 6,226 Tribunal members: Annual Report 2014-15, Judicial Conduct Investigations Office, p 5.
13. Annual Report for 2014/2015, Office of the Judicial Conduct Commissioner, p 6.