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District Court Judges appointed

District Court Judges appointed

Attorney-General Margaret Wilson today announced the appointment of two District Court Judges, Peter Butler of Palmerston North and Stephen O’Driscoll of Dunedin.

Mr Butler joined Ben Vanderkolk & Associates, Crown Solicitor in Palmerston North in 2000 where he has practiced exclusively in criminal work. He previously spent 24 years in Levin where he was most recently a partner in Todd Whitehouse. From 1988 his practice has been almost exclusively involved in court work, particularly local authority and criminal work. He was appointed a member of the Crown Panel in Manawatu in 1997.

Mr Butler will be sworn in on 22 May and will sit in Invercargill.

Mr O’Driscoll has been a partner in O’Driscoll & Marks and its predecessor firm in Dunedin since 1986, practising principally in criminal law. He has had over 10 years’ involvement with legal aid administration and is currently the Chair of the Legal Services Agency Board. He is also a part-time lecturer in criminal procedure. He has been a contributing author or editor to a number of legal publications and is co-author of a 1998 Butterworths’ publication entitled Advising suspects at the police station. He was appointed a member of the Crown Panel in Dunedin in 1989, and served as President of the Otago District Law Society from 1998 to 1999.

Mr O’Driscoll has been actively involved in the racing industry and sports, particularly lawn bowls. He has held roles in several disciplinary, judicial or appeal bodies in both sports and racing.

Mr O’Driscoll will be sworn in on 29 May and will sit in Palmerston North.

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