Court of Appeal Judge Robert Chambers has been promoted to the Supreme Court, it was announced last week. Robert Chambers has had a long and chequered tenure on the Court of Appeal, where his arrogance frequently got in the way of lawful rulings. He is however regarded as a capable lawyer whose legal skills place him a notch above the current talent average on New Zealand’s highest court.
The appointment will take effect after the first of the year. It comes in anticipation of Justice Peter Blanchard retiring from the Supreme Court bench in June and Justice Andrew Tipping retiring in August. The last appointment to the Supreme Court was William Young on 1 July 2010, after Justice Noel Anderson’s retirement.