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Dame Helen Winkelmann
Supreme Court of New Zealand
85 Lambton Quay, Wellington
When did the Court of Appeal hear an application for judicial review sitting at first instance (and why)? (I’m sure there were many but at least two “famous” cases were.)
The two I’ve got are CREEDNZ Inc v Governor-General  1 NZLR 172 (CA):
And Re Erebus Royal Commission; Air New Zealand Ltd v Mahon (multiple citations but see below from  1 NZLR 614 (CA)):
Please note the excellent sentence: “The cumbrousness needs no stressing.”
- a Chief Justice of New Zealand that was an Attorney-General; and
- a Chief Justice of New Zealand that was a General attorney.
Both Prendergast CJ and Stout CJ were Attorneys-General (no points for guessing Stout CJ since he seems to have performed literally every governmental and judicial role over the course of his life). And Barrowclough CJ was a Major-General during World War 2.
What word connects:
- Heydon of “on Contract” fame, and a recent Master of the Rolls? Dyson: Dyson Heydon and Lord Dyson
- A legal positivist and a legal publisher? Hart: HLA Hart and Hart Publishing
- A President of the UK Supreme Court and The History of the Pleas of the Crown? Hale: Lady Hale PSC and Sir Matthew Hale
- A William of old constitutional significance and a Joanna of recent constitutional significance? Fruit: William of Orange and Joanna Cherry
How many current justices of the United States Supreme Court share surnames with current judges of the District Court of New Zealand? Two, I think. Judge Roberts and Judge Thomas.
What is a DINLI?
Disallowable instruments, not legislative instruments. Though get in quick, they’re an endangered species. See [4.3.4] of the NZ Law Style Guide for more information.
Who or what are Ollivier, Bell and Fitzgerald?
Early NZ law reporters. You can read the report series on NZLII here.
Which senior court judge has been decorated for their efficiency?
Brewer J has an Efficiency Decoration.
Which senior court judge gets called the most names?
Bit of a reach this one, but William Young J’s full name is William Gillow Gibbes Austen Young, which is the most names of any senior court judge.
Name as many New Zealand case names you can with colours in the title (one point per colour). It’s not enough to say “I bet there is a High Court appeal called ‘White v Police'”; you need to know it.
Some low-hanging fruit from recent and/or leading cases might include: Red Eagle Corporation v Ellis; Blue Reach Services v Spark; Black v Taylor; Corporation; Brown v NZ Basing Ltd; Crimson Consulting Ltd v Berry, but I’m sure you can get more.
Judges of the High Court of Niue are drawn from which New Zealand bench?
Māori Land Court
There are two taonga on display in front of the bench of the Supreme Court of New Zealand. The first is a waka huia. The second is a silver inkwell that belonged to which monarch?
Who was the first New Zealand judge appointed to the Privy Council?
How many editions of Todd on Torts have there been?
One, if you accept the premise of the trick question. It has only been called Todd on Torts officially in the latest edition. Before that it was The Law of Torts in New Zealand. If you don’t accept the premise, there have been eight editions.
According to Lord Denning:
- Who offered the reproof valiant? Not Harry Hook, it was the security officer remonstrating with Mr Hook who gave the reproof valiant. Mr Hook gave the countercheck quarrelsome.
- Where was it bluebell time? Kent
- On what street can you swear at a machine to no effect? Shoe Lane
- What was his bestseller? His report into the Profumo Affair
- What is like an incoming tide that flows into the estuaries and up the rivers, and cannot be held back? The Treaty of Rome
In how many third-strike sentencing cases have New Zealand courts made an order that the sentence be served without parole?
Two, I think: R v Waitokia  NZHC 2146 and R v Winitana  NZHC 3229, but related see R v Williams  NZHC 2382 where the order would have been made but the sentence was preventive detention and the MPI was the 14 year maximum.
Which judge decided Fitzgerald v Muldoon on 19 May 1976?
Not Wild CJ, because this isn’t *that* Fitzgerald v Muldoon decision. This one was decided by Beattie J.
Which judge is this?
Ellen France J
Why must the Crown Law Office deal with cases relating to shirts and trousers?
It’s a CLO-thing
*Please don’t really send anything to the CJ. I’ll get in trouble…