WHITE, Douglas

Court of Appeal Justice Douglas White

Professional Data:

2014 Judge Survey Score (1-10): 7.5     Ranking (out of 63):  Justice Douglas White

Postion & Titles:  QC, former Chancellor of Victoria University
Judge of: Court of Appeal, 2012    Previously a judge of the High Court , Auckland 2009
Specializations and Professional Interests:  Principal area of practice was civil litigation, with emphasis on administrative, commercial and tax law.  Justice White co-wrote an obscure book on trade practices and future trends (Trade Practices Act) in 2001.
Professional Comments: Justice White was previously involved in three Government inquiries and provided legal advice to the Commission of Inquiry into Police conduct.  Douglas White, QC, is the son of the late High Court judge Sir John White, and the nephew of the late chief justice Sir Richard Wild. Justice White’s grandfather was also a leading lawyer. His cousin, John Wild, is also a Court of Appeal Judge, having been appointed to the club a year before White J.Justice White provided “independent” legal advice to former Judicial Conduct Commissioner Ian Haynes in dismissing misconduct complaints against judges before being appointed to the High Court bench.

Douglas White’s rise through the ranks has been meterioc and is difficult to credit beyond the nepotistic nature of judicial appointments which is pervasive in New Zealand.

Colleagues relate that Justice Douglas White is parsinomious and has acquired significant personal wealth.   They also have expressed concern he is not objective when it comes to his own interests and personally tends to be hypocritical.

Background / Education:  Graduated from Victoria University in WellingtonFormer Young Bennett and Co partner, as well as Young Swan Morison McKay (now Kensington Swan).  Joined the independent bar in 1986 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1988.  Acted as Pro-Chancellor and Chancellor of Victoria University for a total of 9 years.
Degrees:  Victoria University, LLB
Admitted to the Bar: 1974
Company Involvements:  Director and shareholder (with John Meads) in White Nominees Limited (Kensington Swan in Wellington is the Registered office).

Sole Director and shareholder in Eldin Nominees Limited.

Personal Data

Born: New Zealand Sex: Male
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Interesting Relationships and Coincidences:  Cousin of fellow Court of Appeal Judge John Wild, Son of the late High Court Judge John White and nephew of the late chief justice Sir Richard Wild.
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