Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson has just announced that an appointment round for Queen’s Counsel will take place in 2014.
Appointments of Queen’s Counsel are made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General and with the concurrence of the Chief Justice. The Governor-General retains the discretion to appoint Queen’s Counsel in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to the law in fields other than advocacy.
The Chief Justice and the Attorney-General have issued Guidelines for Candidates. The Guidelines (and an application form) are available at www.crownlaw.govt.nz
and set out the criteria for appointment and other information about the appointment process.
The regulations set a fee of $500.00 for applicants, reflecting the costs of the appointment process.
Applications for appointment as Queen’s Counsel open on 14 February 2014. Applications using the application form should be sent electronically to the Solicitor General no later than 14 March 2014.
The Solicitor-General will consult with the New Zealand Law Society and the New Zealand Bar Association regarding the candidates.
It is expected appointments
will be made in May 2014.