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Justice Joe Williams

Judge Joe Williams sitting behind microphone. He has a beard and glasses and is dressed in a black legal gown, white shirt and tie.

In May 2019, Justice Joseph Williams (Ngāti Pūkenga, Te Arawa) became the first Māori lawyer appointed to the Supreme Court.

With a background in Māori and environmental law, Williams became chief judge of the Māori Land Court in 1999. He was made deputy chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal in 2000 and chairperson in 2004. He was appointed as a judge of the High Court in 2008 and a judge of the Court of Appeal in 2018.

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Geoffrey Palmer, 'Law - The judiciary', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 February 2024)

Story by Geoffrey Palmer, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Oct 2016