Judge Judy appointed

Thursday August 16, 2012 Written by Calida Smylie Published in Local

The High Court of the Cook Islands has a new judge.

Justice Judith Potter has been appointed as a judge of the High Court, with her warrant starting on September 1, which post-dates her retirement as a judge of the New Zealand High Court.

She will be the second woman appointed to the role, Justice Christine Grice being the first.

Potter graduated from the University of Auckland in 1965 and went on to become a senior partner at law firm Kensington Swan.

She has sat as a judge in New Zealand for 15 years and has been a commercial list judge since 2006.

The former president of the Auckland District Law Society and the New Zealand Law Society has been involved in several high-profile cases, including jailing notorious samurai swordsman Antonie Dixon in 2005.

Potter has recently been presiding over internet tycoon Kim Dotcom’s hearing.

The judge’s appointment is a part-time position. It is likely her first sitting will be early next year.

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