Supreme Court Justice Noel Anderson

Supreme Court Justice ANDERSON, Noel Crossley 


Professional Data;

2014 Judge Survey Score (1-10):  8.2  Ranking (out of 62):  12thAndersonJ

Position & Titles: QC, DCNZM
Judge of: Supreme Court, 2006  OFFICIALLY RETIRED IN DECEMBER 2009, but still makes cameo appearances Former President of
the Court of Appeal
Specializations and Professional Interests: Politics
Professional Comments: In 2004, Justice Anderson was the lone dissenting voice for retention of barristerial immunity on a 5-judge Appeal Court panel. Anderson claimed keeping lawyers immune from accountability to their clients was necessary for the proper administration of justice (lawyers owe their primary obligation to the Court and it was argued this may at times conflict with the lawyers obligation to their clients). Justices Hammond, Glazebrook, O’Regan and McGrath disagreed.In a survey done on the assignment of cases to judges between January 1999 and July 2001 in the High court Justice Anderson was one of the judges who heard the predominant number of bill of rights cases.

In 2011, Supreme Court Justice Anderson came out of retirement to dissent in Attorney General v Chapman, where the majority ruled that rights guaranteed by the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 cannot be enforced against judicial officers.

Background / Education: Graduated LLB from the University of Auckland in 1967 and was a partner in the Auckland firm Martelli, McKegg & Adams-Smith until commencing practice solely as a barrister in 1972.  Had his first case the same day he was admitted to the bar in 1967 against John Henry, future Court of Appeal judge and Privy Councillor.He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in May 1986, to the High Court in May 1987 and presided for four years in Hamilton before becoming a resident judge in Auckland for 10 years.  Since then the Titirangi resident has presided over hundreds of cases, including the third Plumley-Walker murder trial, the trial of murderer Malcolm Rewa and the David Lange versus North & South libel case, as well sitting on the inquiries into abortion, contraception and sterilisation, and the Mt Erebus disaster.

Justice Anderson became senior judge in Auckland in 1997 before being appointed executive judge in August 2000. In June 2004, he was awarded the DCNZM (Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit) for services to the Judiciary. Justice Anderson was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2001 and the Supreme Court in February 2006.

Degrees: LLB, Auckland, 1967, LLM (Hons.) 1967
Admitted to the Bar: 1967
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Personal Data

Born: New Zealand Sex: Male
Married: Children: 3
Interesting Relationships and Coincidences:
Miscellaneous: Acted as the ‘Administrator of Government’ during Governor General Dame Silvia Cartwright’s absence from the country in May 2005.   Has a passion for all things car related. In an interview in 2004 he stated that if he was given a wish by a genie he would want to be a Formula One driver or an accomplished pianist.  He is particularly interested in cars and drivers from the 1930 era and his reported dream is to find and restore a 1936 Austin 7 Ruby, the first car he ever owned. He has owned a number of vehicles over the years including a Toyota MR2.