Judicial Conduct Commissioner and Judicial Conduct Panel Act 2004

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Version as at 5 April 2023

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Judicial Conduct Commissioner and Judicial Conduct Panel Act 2004

Public Act
2004 No 38
Date of assent
19 May 2004
see section 2

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.


3Overview of process
6This Act binds the Crown
7Judicial Conduct Commissioner
8Functions and powers of Commissioner
8ADeputy Judicial Conduct Commissioner
8BFunction and powers of Deputy Commissioner
9Duty to act independently
10Other provisions relating to Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner
11Which complaints must be dealt with
12Who may complain
13How to complain
14Commissioner must acknowledge complaint and deal with it promptly
15Commissioner must conduct preliminary examination
15ACommissioner’s power in certain circumstances to take no further action in respect of complaints
16Commissioner must dismiss complaints that fail to meet required threshold
17Commissioner’s power to refer complaints to Head of Bench
18Commissioner’s power to recommend that Attorney-General appoint Judicial Conduct Panel
19Commissioner’s duty of confidentiality
20Commissioner must make files available to Attorney-General and special counsel
21Appointment of Judicial Conduct Panel
22Membership of Panel
23Panel must be dissolved if member unable to continue
24Functions of Panel
25Other provisions relating to administration and meetings of Panels
26Power of Panel to conduct hearings and inquiries
27Representation at hearing
28Special counsel
29Hearing to be in public
30Restrictions on publication
31Appeal to Court of Appeal
32Report by Panel
33Attorney-General has discretion to initiate removal of Judge on receipt of report
34Attorney-General’s power to take steps independently of this Act if Judge convicted of serious offence
35Official Information Act 1982 amended
36Amendments do not apply to certain complaints