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Privy Council: Sir Michael Myers (1st of 3)

Privy Council: Sir Michael Myers

Michael Myers was a brilliant lawyer and judge who rose to the position of chief justice in 1929. As a young lawyer he took a number of cases to the Privy Council in London, and in 1926 won five successive cases there. In 1931 he was himself appointed to the Privy Council. In this 1936 portrait he is wearing the privy councillors' elaborate civil uniform. He holds a court dress sword, and his feathered hat is on the table beside him.

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Philip A. Joseph and Thomas Joseph, 'Judicial system - History of the courts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/33962/privy-council-sir-michael-myers (accessed 25 August 2019)

Story by Philip A. Joseph and Thomas Joseph, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 11 Oct 2016