High Court Justice Lester Chisholm

CHISHOLM, Lester Hugh                    

High Court Justice Lester Chisholm

Professional Data:

2010 Judge Survey Score (1-10):  7.6    Ranking (out of 63):  29thjustice Lester Chisholm

Postion & Titles: Various Law Society positions
Judge of: High Court, Christchurch, since 1996
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Professional Comments: Tends toward a more professional and reserved presence on the bench compared to many of his colleagues.  Generally, Justice Chisholm is personally liked and respected among lawyers despite being far from the brightest jurist and being repeatedly passed over for promotion.  Owes his original appointment to being a law society functionary.Prone to frequent legal faux pas, Chisholm J compensates with delayed reactions and a wandering mind that seems to be constantly exploring the risks and rewards of his role and actions.  Not a good judge to have if facing an influencial or Crown adversary, particularly given Chisholm J’s fractious history with Solicitor General David Collins and other political heavyweights; experiences which have cumulatively added to Chisholm’s insecurity when it comes to rule without fear or favour.
Background / Education: Graduated Victoria University of Wellington with an LLB in 1967, and LLM in 1968. He joined the Napier firm of Wills Toomey Robinson in 1968, becoming a partner in 1970. Justice Chisholm was President of the Hawkes Bay District Law Society between 1987 and 1990, a member of the NZ Law Society Council from 1988 to 1990, and member of the NZ Law Society Executive from 1989-1990. He was appointed to the High Court bench in April 1996 and is based in Christchurch.
Degrees: LLB, Victoria 1967, LLM Victoria 1968
Admitted to the Bar: 1968
Company Involvements: Former Director of: Shrimpton Design Ltd, Metro Shelf Company (No.1) Ltd.,, Willis Toomey Robinson Solicitors Nominee Company Ltd, CML Edwards Construction Ltd, Tek Wood Ltd, Patoka Store (1994) Ltd, E & F Investments Ltd (FromWills Toomey)

Personal Data

Born: 10/07/43 Sex: Male
Married: 1967
Jocelyn Jeanne Murray
Children: 4 (Geoffrey Murray b.1972 Sarah Gillian b.1974 Daniel Hugh b.1981)
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Miscellaneous: From Hawkes Bay/Napier