NZ judge appointed to the Supreme Court of Fiji

NZ judge appointed to the Supreme Court of Fiji

By Rashika Kumar
Tuesday 03/10/2023
Photo: Fiji Government

Sir William Young has been sworn in as a judge to the Supreme Court of Fiji.

He was ceremoniously sworn in by President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere in the presence of Acting Chief Justice Salesi Temo, Chief Registrar Tomasi Bainivalu and Solicitor-General Ropate Green.

Prior to this appointment, Sir Young was Judge of the Supreme Court in 2010 in New Zealand, before retiring in April 2022.

Sir Young studied law at the Universities of Canterbury and Cambridge and on his return from the United Kingdom in 1978, he joined the Christchurch firm of R A Young Hunter and Co, leaving in 1988 to practise as a barrister.

He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1991, to the High Court in 1997 and to the Court of Appeal in 2004, becoming President of the latter Court in 2006.

He now sits when required as an Acting-Judge of the Supreme Court, has sat on the Court of Appeal of Seychelles and also serves on the Court of Appeal of Samoa. Sir Young chaired the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the 15th March, 2019 terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain.

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