High Court Justice Karen Louise Clark

CLARK, Karen Louise

High Court Justice Karen Louise Clark QC

Professional Data:   

2014 Judge Survey Score (1-10): not rated   Ranking (out of 60): not ratedjustice karen-clark new zealand qc

Postion & Titles: Queens Counsel, appointed 2007
Former Deputy Solicitor-General and Crown Counsel
Rules Committee, 2005 – 2007
New Zealand Law Society Legislative Committee, 2002- 2006.
Judge of: High Court, Wellington, appointed October 2015 Wellington
Specializations and Professional Interests: Administrative/Public and constitutional Law
Civil Litigation
Crown interests and advising in government inquiries
Womens’ rights
Karen’s CV
Professional Comments: Justice Karen Clark is the quintessential establishment loyalist, engaged in countless inquiries and sensitive government legal matters which provided her a unique insight into New Zealand’s most powerful partisans and instilled in her the legal imperative of protecting the status quo.

Judge Clark’s interdependency with others in these cloistered circles of power is arguably unprecedented, which likely prompted her inspiring 8 October 2015 swearing-in speech in which she passionately announced her dedication to approach her judicial duties without fear or favour to anyone.

This professed personal mission will not be an easy one for Clark given the breadth and depth of her fraternal associations.  Even days before Clark J’s judicial appointment she was announced to head an inquiry by the New Zealand Defence Force into sexual abuse and harassment.  Clark was also recently engaged in Inquiries to manage the Coroner in the Pike River Mine Tragedy, as well as the collapse of the CTV Building during the Christchurch earthquake.

Justice Clark presumably remains a governing member of the New Zealand Council of Legal Education, a statutory body established in 2006 to further education but which in practice if not by design has become a partisan political body focused on quashing diversity and silencing criticism of court judgments by lawyers.

Justice Karen Clark argued for the government in the long running Ahmed Zaoui political asylum case as a lawyer and is a former Solicitor-General who was active in commercial cases for Crown Law.

In 2011, Clark fronted an ‘inquiry’ into a Parliamentary Petition on the Commerce Commission’s jurisdiction.  In 2007, Clark engaged in a wink and nod inquiry into Crown conflicts of interest whose most enduring quality is its cloak of secrecy.  These followed Crown briefs on inquiries into Securities Market manipulation, powers and operations of the Inland Revenue Department and the Department of Work and Income.

Karen Clark was a mover and shaker for the New Zealand Law Society, sitting as a member of its Legislation Committee from 2002-2006.   Ms Clark also sat on the powerful Rules Committee until 2007, a grouped tasked with procedural rules of court, lobbying for legislative change and consultation.  During her tenure, the Rules Committee determined NZ Courts were procedurally exempt from the Public Records Act 2005 which required all three branches of government to keep an accurate and archival record of their affairs.  The Ministry of Justice later confirmed in a policy statement by Chief Legal Counsel Jeff Orr that “the content of the court record is determined, not by the requirements of any enactment (eg, the Public Records Act 2005, the Crimes Act 1961), but by court practice.”

Background / Education:  Justice Clark has a modest formal education in the law but one of the most extensive hands-on educations a lawyer can attain
A link here to Justice Clark’s curriculum Vitae Karen-Clark-QC-CV
Degrees: LLB Victoria University, 1986
Admitted to the Bar: 1986
Company Involvements: None recorded in New Zealand

Personal Data

Born: 19
New Zealand
Sex: Female
Married: 19 Children:
Interesting Relationships and Coincidences:
Miscellaneous: Lives in Wellington

Karen Clark QC to conduct NZDF inquiry – NZ Law Society


Sep 17, 2015 – Karen Clark QC has been engaged by the New Zealand Defence Force to conduct an inquiry into how the Royal New Zealand Air Force …

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Karen Clark QC appointed to High Court bench – NZ Law …


Sep 30, 2015 – Karen Clark QC has been appointed a Judge of the High Court. … as a Crown Counsel Assistant and was appointed Crown Counsel in 1988.

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Brown, Karen Lynette – Lawyer Details – NZ Law Society


Organisation: Paul Clark; Position: Employee; Postal Address: Paul Clark PO Box 1329. Waikato Mail Centre Hamilton 3240. New Zealand; Telephone: 07 839 …

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Back to search results. Organisation Details. Name: Karen Clark Queens Counsel; Postal Address: Thorndon Chambers PO Box 1530. Wellington6140

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Oct 8, 2015 – Wellington Queen’s Counsel Karen Clark has been appointed a High Court Judge and will sit in Wellington. Justice Clark graduated with an …

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View the profiles of professionals named Karen Clark on LinkedIn. … Manager at LawOffice of Robert J. Friedman, Legal Secretary / Office Manager at Law …

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Karen Clark QC … … karen.clark@chambers.co.nz. 64 4 460 0742 … Karen contributes to the New Zealand Law Society’s continuing legal education.

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Karen Clark QC … … Karen is experienced in managing large scale litigation. … Karen contributes to the New Zealand Law Society’s continuing legal education.

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Wellington Queen’s Counsel Karen Clark has been appointed a Judge of the High … since been backed up by two prominent New Zealand experts in public law.