High Court Justice Robert Dobson

DOBSON, Robert Andrew QC

High Court Justice Robert Dobson

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2014 Judge Survey Score (1-10):  7.5    Ranking (out of 63):  39thJustice Dobson

Postion & Titles:  QC
Judge of: High Court , Wellington 2008
Specializations and Professional Interests: Commercial litigation, with an emphasis on securities, banking, tax, judicial review and  competition law.
Professional Comments:  Justice Dobson has a checkered past in acting for government agencies covering up corruption.As a judge, Dobson J can be impulsive to the point of reckless.  He is not the type of judge to disclose his financial conflicts but will disqualify himself if litigants before him do their homework and push the issue.  The latter seems self-evident as a matter of law, but not for the typical New Zealand judge.  Most will not do so.  Half a thumb up for Dobson!
Background / Education: Justice Robert Andrew Dobson QC has been appointed a Judge of the High Court,
Attorney-General Michael Cullen announced today.Justice Dobson graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a LLB in
1971. He then joined and became a partner of the law firm Stone & Co (now
known as Rudd Watts & Stone). Justice Dobson left the firm for the independent
bar in 1990 and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1998.

Justice Dobson has been President of the New Zealand Bar Association (sic), a faculty  member on the Law Society Litigation Skills and Advanced Litigation Skills
Programmes and a member of the New Zealand Law Society Legislation
Committee.

As a barrister, Justice Dobson’s principal area of practice was commercial
litigation, with an emphasis on securities, banking, tax, judicial review and
competition law.   He sits in Wellington

Degrees:  Victoria University, 1971 LLB
Admitted to the Bar: 1972
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