YOUNG, Ronald Leslie
High Court Justice Ronald Young
|Postion & Titles:||Pres. Electoral Commission, Extensive involvement with the Labour Party|
|Judge of:||New Zealand High Court, Wellington, 2001||Formerly a district court judge in Dunedin and Chief District Court judge in Wellington|
|Specializations and Professional Interests:||Litigation, Labour Party politics|
|Professional Comments:||Can be animated and engaging on the bench.
Initially impressed a fair number of lawyers and legal observers with his proactiveness to correct injustices. Once considered a good, solid judge whose efforts exceed his natural talent. But Justice Young early on exhibited what some would call questionable ethics when he requested to preside over the trial of historic rape allegations against 4 men from Mt Manganui after Labour then-Prime Minister Helen Clark publicly advocated prosecution of the men. All men, including two policemen, were convicted on the uncorroborated testimony of the alleged victim who raised the allegations 16 years after the claimed event. In the hugely political trial, one witness for the defence was even imprisoned after his evidence stated he knew the alleged victim by name. He was found to have committed perjury after admitting he only knew her first name.
Typical of judges in New Zealand, strong Labour Party supporter Young J has increasingly let political and self-serving interests influence his rulings.
Justice Ron Young is one of those rare judges who has successfully made the transition from the lower court to the High Court.
|Background / Education:||Graduated LLB from Otago University in 1974. He joined Dunedin law firm Mirams & Wilson in 1974 and in 1975 moved to Hamilton to the firm of McCaw Lewis Chapman.Justice Young became a partner of the firm in 1977 specialising exclusively in litigation until 1988 when he returned to Dunedin following appointment as a district court judge. In 1993 Justice Young moved to Wellington to take up the position of Chief District Court Judge and was appointed President of the Electoral Commission in 2000. He became a High Court judge in June 2001 and is based at the Wellington High Court.|
|Degrees:||LLB, Otago, 1974|
|Admitted to the Bar:||1974|
|Interesting Relationships and Coincidences:||An extremely active member of the Labour Party prior to his appointment to the bench|