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Simon France appointed to High Court

21 January 2005 Media Statement

Simon France appointed to High Court

Attorney-General Margaret Wilson announced today the appointment of Simon France as a judge of the High Court.

Justice France graduated from the University of Auckland. In his early career he worked for Auckland law firm Nicholson Gribben before departing for overseas study, obtaining a LLM from Queens University in Ontario in 1983. On his return to New Zealand, Justice France joined Victoria University of Wellington's law faculty, where he was a Senior Lecturer and then Deputy Dean of the Law School. Justice France lectured in a number of areas including Criminal Law and Evidence.

Justice France joined the Crown Law Office in 1995 as Crown Counsel in the Criminal Team and has appeared on behalf of the Crown in litigation in the Court of Appeal, Privy Council and Supreme Court. In addition, he represented the Crown Law Office at meetings of the Pacific Island Law Officers group for a number of years and has been involved in litigation skills programmes for Pacific Island lawyers.

Justice France has specialised in criminal law and has published extensively in that subject.

Justice Simon France will sit in Auckland.


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