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Governance Arrangements


The Institute is governed by a Board. The majority of the members of the Board are judges who are assisted by representatives from the legal profession, the community and academia. The members of the Governing Board are:


  • Justice Helen Winkelmann Chair
  • Justice Joe Williams
  • Justice Geoff Venning
  • Justice Matthew Palmer
  • Judge Jan Marie Doogue, Chief District Court Judge
  • Judge Barbara Morris
  • Judge Craig Coxhead
  • Tania Ott, Group Manager Senior Courts
  • Assoc Professor Winnie Laban, Victoria University
  • Paul Radich (Clifton Chambers)


The work of the Governing Board is to ensure that the Institute of Judicial Studies is delivering education of the highest quality. In this task it is assisted by a number of committees which manage the education needs of each Court. The following committees have been established:

  • Higher Courts Education Committee
  • Employment Court Education Committee
  • District Court Education Committee
  • Māori Land Court Education Committee
  • Family Court Education Committee
  • Youth Court Education Committee
  • Environment Court Education Committee

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