High Court Justice Patricia Courtney
2014 Judge Survey Score (1-10): 7.6 Ranking (out of 63): 28th
|Postion & Titles:|
|Judge of:||High Court, Auckland, since 2005|
|Specializations and Professional Interests:||Insurance Law / Defence work for many major companies|
|Professional Comments:||Emotional, with tendencies to act irrationally, spitefully and impulsively as a practising lawyer, Justice Courtney has been largely successful in keeping these propensities in check since her appointment. Judge Courtney does lack legal acumen in most areas of the law but this does not stop her on many occasions from winging it – what might amount to malpractice in most professions.It is relevant that Justice Courtney’s legal career has been spent defending many of the country’s major insurance companies and businesses. When in practice, Ms Courtney had no reluctance in blatantly concealing discovery in cases if necessary to win. Justice Courtney maintains an association with McElroys Insurance Lawyers where she was a partner immediately prior to her judicial appointment.|
|Background / Education:||Graduated LLB from the University of Auckland in 1982.
She joined the Department of Trade & Industry as an investigating officer in November 1982 and in 1983 became a staff solicitor at Heaney Jones & Mason. In 1986 Justice Courtney moved to McElroy Milne and became a partner of the firm in 1989.
In 1992 she was a founding partner of the firm of McElroys Insurance Lawyers and was senior partner from 1998 until her appointment as a High Court judge in December 2004. Justice Courtney is based in Auckland.
|Degrees:||LLB, University of Auckland 1982|
|Admitted to the Bar:||1983|
|Company Involvements:||Director of : McElroys Services Ltd., Quay Services Ltd., Spot Properties Ltd., Roco Properties Ltd., and J.G. and P.A. Courtney Ltd.David Raymond Courtney is Director of: Tail Dragger Classics Ltd., Quay Services Ltd., Confier Ltd., Boat Show Ltd., Bob Newda Ltd., Marine Industry Association of NZ Ltd., Roco Properties Ltd., Friend Woodnorth Trustee Ltd., Spot Properties Ltd.|
|Married:||David Raymond Courtney||Children:|
|Interesting Relationships and Coincidences:||Husband is a Lawyer with Courtney and Company Solicitors in Auckland. Justice Courtney’s past legal defence work for major insurance companies and businesses is noteworthy, as is her extensive defence of Auckland accountant Michael Stiassny – the most litigious person in New Zealand – immediately prior to her judicial appointment.|