Lay members of the High Court for Commerce Act cases

Sections 77 and 78 of the Commerce Act 1986 provide for lay members to be appointed to the New Zealand High Court for Commerce Act matters.

They ensure that expert evidence on complex competition issues is properly understood, tested and assessed by the High Court.

The appointment of lay members to particular cases is at the discretion of High Court Judges.

Once a lay member has been appointed to a case, he/she becomes a member of the court for the purposes of that case.

The current lay members are:

Name

Date of original appointment

Expiry of term


New Zealanders    

Professor Martin Richardson

2 July 2001

6 June 2022

Kerrin Vautier

2 July 2001

6 June 2022

Kieran Murray

7 October 2011

6 June 2022

Dr John Philip Small

28 August 2003

3 April 2021

Professor Glenn Boyle      

5 March 2009

3 April 2021

Professor Tony van Zijl       

5 March 2009

3 April 2021

Patrick Duignan

4 April 2016

3 April 2021


Australians     

Robin Davey

23 April 2011

6 June 2022

Dr John Marsden

23 April 2011

6 June 2022

Rodney Shogren

23 April 2011

6 June 2022

Professor Stephen Peter King

28 August 2003

3 April 2021

Dr Darryn Abraham

7 June 2017

6 June 2022


  

Note: The Governor-General appoints lay members at the recommendation of the Attorney-General, who is required to consult with the Chief Justice and the Minister of Commerce.