As the legal community awaits information as to who the next Chief Justice may be, numerous vacancies on the benches of the higher courts have opened with recent and upcoming retirements.
This year has already seen the retirement of Justice John Wild from the Court of Appeal, who retired in May to undertake a 32 week woodworking course in Nelson, following up a long-standing interest in the craft and a colourful working life.
In April, Justice Terry Arnold retired from the Supreme Court, having sat in the Court since 2013.
Justice Tony Randerson retired in the Court of Appeal in May, being the longest serving member of that Court.
On 7 July the Chief Judge of the Employment Court, Graeme Colgan retires after serving 28 years on the Employment Court and its predecessor the Labour Court.
There is no official word as to when a successor to Chief Justice Sian Elias, 68, might be.
What Are They Paid?
The pay rates for the judiciary increased last year with Chief Justice Sian Elias’ annual salary rising from $504,000 to $514,000 – $32,000 more than the $482,500 her colleagues on the Supreme Court will receive under the new pay determinations.
Pay rates for Court of Appeal judges rose from $444,000 a year to $453,000 a year.
Salaries for High Court judges and the Chief District Court judge Jan-Marie Doogue will went from $422,500 to $431,000 while pay rates for district court judges and Maori Land Court judges rose to $322,500 up to $329,000.
An Employment Court judge receives $370,500, up from $363,000 a year while the salary for the Principal Youth Court judge will go up from $346,500 to $353,500.
Since 2010 judges’ salaries have risen by an average 2.7 per cent, putting them among New Zealand’s highest income earners.