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Ministry of Justice
March 18, 2019
Courts of New Zealand

Appointment of new Chief Justice

The Right Honourable Dame Sian Elias, Chief Justice of New Zealand, retired in March 2019. She has held the position since 1999. A conference was held to mark her Honour’s retirement on 31 January and 1 February 2019 and her valedictory sitting was held on 8 March 2019. Right Honourable Dame Helen Winkelmann was sworn in as Chief Justice on Thursday 14 March 2019. For more information see: