PANCKHURST, Graham Ken

High Court Justice Graham Panckhurst

Professional Data:

2014 Judge Survey Score (1-10): 7.7    Ranking (out of 63):  25th Graham Panckhurst

Postion & Titles: QC, Former South Island Crown Solicitor
Judge of: High Court, Christchurch, since 1996
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Professional Comments:  Prepared to be subdued on panels and defer to his fellow judges.  An engima in many respects but certainly a judge who recognizes the value of going along with the current mood of the court on issues.  Prone to pervert facts as ‘assertions’ when it serves his personal interests.  (Though not an insinuation Justice Pankhurst is guilty of such things, New Zealand Court records are well known to often be altered by judges when challenged).
Background / Education: Graduated LLB (Hons) from the University of Canterbury in 1969. He initially joined the firm of Weston Ward & Lascelles and moved to Raymond Donnelly & Co in 1970, becoming a partner in 1973.

In 1985 Justice Panckhurst became Crown Solicitor covering Canterbury and the West Coast and in 1992 he became a barrister sole. In 1994 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel and took up the position of judge of the High Court in March 1996.

Degrees: LLB (Hons.) Canterbury
Admitted to the Bar: 1969
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Personal Data

Born: 1945
New Zealand
Sex: Male
Married: 19 Children:
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Miscellaneous: Currently advancing a Government/Law Commission implementation of revised criminal sentencing and parole guidelines.