- Competition regulation and policy
Lay members of the High Court for Commerce Act cases
This page lists current lay members appointed to the High Court for Commerce Act matters.
Provision for lay members
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.
Appointment of lay members
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 and Consumer Affairs.
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, they become a member of the court for the purposes of that case.
Current lay members
|Name||Date of original appointment||Expiry of term|
|Professor Tony van Zijl||5 March 2009||22 June 2027|
|Patrick Duignan||4 April 2016||22 June 2027|
|Professor Stephen King||28 August 2003||22 June 2027|
|Dr Jill Walker||23 June 2022||22 June 2027|
|Dr Lilla Csorgo||23 June 2022||22 June 2027|
Note: Further appointments are expected.