High Court Justice Paul Heath

Justice HEATH, Paul Robert

Professional Data

2014 Judge Survey score (1-10):  8.3    Ranking (out of 62): 7thJustice Heath

Postion & Titles: QC, Member NZLS Comm & Business Comm & since 1994 Joint Insolvency Comm; Country Chair for Comm J Inter Bar Association; NZLS rep for Company Law Monitoring Group est. by Department of Justice
Judge of: High Court, Auckland, since 2002
Specializations and Professional Interests: Commercial litigation (particularly insolvency-related issues)
Professional Comments: One of the more moderate and contemplative judges. Broadly experienced but easily intimidated by the powerful establishment influences that govern many judges’ decisions. Despite being a Queens’ Club member he has had to work hard to be accepted into the privileged Auckland legal establishment.

kiwisfirst disagrees with the high rating of Justice Heath for one reason; Heath J routinely suppresses evidence, conducts secret hearings and seals judgments.  Such conduct is inexcusable in a court system which ostensibly adheres to open and transparent justice.  Strong Hamilton connections.  Formerly of Thackeray Chambers.

Background / Education: Graduated LLB in 1978 from the University of Auckland. He was admitted to the bar in 1978 and joined the Department of Justice at Auckland as an investigating solicitor.In 1981 he moved to Stace Hammond Grace and Partners and became a partner of the firm in 1983. He was admitted to the Australian Capital Territory bar in 1990. He retired as a partner of Stace Hammond Grace and Partners in 1995 but continued his association with the firm as a consultant until commencing practice as a barrister sole in 1998.Justice Heath was a consultant to the New Zealand Law Commission from 1997 to 1999 and was then appointed a part-time Commissioner for three years. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1998 in Hamilton specialising in commercial litigation (especially insolvency-related issues) , arbitration and mediation. Appointed a High Court judge in 2002. Justice Heath is based at Auckland. Paul Heath QC was appointed to: Membership of the Joint Insolvency Committee in 1994 (1996 webpage) now Judicial Representative and a past Convenor of the New Zealand Law Society’s Commercial and Business Law Committee.
Degrees: LLB, Auckland 1978
Admitted to the Bar: 1978
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Personal Data

Born: 09/12/1955 Coventry, England Sex: Male
Married: 1982 Kerry Sue Judkins Children:
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