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Legal profession saddened at death of Justice Chambers

MEDIA RELEASE – For immediate use, 22 May 2013

Legal profession saddened at death of Justice Chambers

The legal profession will be greatly saddened at the news of the sudden death of Justice Robert Chambers, New Zealand Law Society President Chris Moore said today.

“Justice Chambers was an outstanding judge. His appointment to the Supreme Court last year was a natural progression in a career of high achievement,” Mr Moore said.

“Right from his graduation from Auckland University with LLB(Hons) in 1975 it was clear that he was going to make a significant contribution to New Zealand’s justice system. As a barrister and Queen’s Counsel he was also active in advocating for and representing the interests of the legal profession.”

Mr Moore said Justice Chambers’ career had been cut tragically short.

“When he was appointed to the Supreme Court it was a fitting recognition of the reputation and standing he had acquired as a Judge of the Court of Appeal and, earlier, the High Court.

“He had a magnificent and quick sense of humour which was invariably accompanied by an engaging and infectious laugh.

“The Law Society extends its deepest sympathy to his wife Deborah and his family.”


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