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Lay members of the high court for Commerce Act cases

Sections 77 and 78 of the Commerce Act 1986 provide for lay members to be appointed to the New Zealand High Court for Commerce Act matters.

They ensure that expert evidence on complex competition issues is properly understood, tested and assessed by the High Court.

The appointment of lay members to particular cases is at the discretion of high court judges.

Once a lay member has been appointed to a case, they become a member of the court for the purposes of that case.

There are currently 15 lay members.

  

Name

Original appointment

Expiry of present term

New Zealanders    

Professor Lewis Evans

(Academic/consultant, Victoria University)

Term 1: 1996–2001

Term 2: 2 August 2001-1 August 2006

Term 3: 11 November 2006

Term 4: 7 October 2011

6 October 2016

Professor Martin Richardson

(Academic, Australian National University)

Term 1: 2 July 2001- 1 July 2006

Term 2: 11 November 2006

Term 3: 7 October 2011

6 October 2016

Dr John Small

(Consultant, COVEC)

Term 1: 28 August 2003-27 August 2008

Term 2: 5 March 2009

4 March 2014

Kerrin Vautier

(Consultant/director)

Term 1: 2 July 2001-1 July 2006

Term 2: 11 November 2006

Term 3: 7 October 2011

6 October 2016

Professor Glenn Boyle 

(Academic/consultant, Victoria University)

Term 1: 5 March 20094 March 2014

Professor Tony van Zijl

(Academic/consultant, Victoria University)

Term 1: 5 March 20094 March 2014

Dr Ralph Lattimore

Consulting economist

Term 1: 5 March 20094 March 2014

Kieran Murray

(Consultant)

Term 1: 7 October 20116 October 2016

Australians     

Henry Ergas

(Academic/consultant)

Term 1: 2 July 2001 to 1 July 2006

Term 2: 11 November 2006

Term 3: 7 October 2011

6 October 2016

Professor Stephen King

(Academic/consultant, Monash University, Australia)

Term 1: 28 August 2003-27 August 2008

Term 2: 5 March 2009

4 March 2014

Dr Rhonda Smith

(Academic, University of Melbourne)

Term 1: 28 August 2003-27 August 2008

Term 2: 5 March 2009

4 March 2014

Prof David Round

(University of South Australia)

Term 1: 5 March 20094 March 2014

Robin Davey

(Australian Competition Tribunal)

Term 1: 23 April 201124 April 2016

Dr John Marsden

(Australian Competition Tribunal/consultant)

Term 1: 23 April 2011-24 April 201624 April 2016

Rodney Shogren

(Australian Competition Tribunal)

Term 1: 23 April 2011-24 April 201624 April 2016

 

Note: The Governor-General appoints members at the recommendation of the Attorney-General, who is required to consult first with the Ministers of Commerce and Justice. Appointments do not go through the Cabinet Appointments and Honours Committee.

Last updated 7 December 2011

Related websites 

Commerce Commission