Wellington barrister Noel Sainsbury who most recently acted for Losi Filipo in his serious assault case has been named a District Court judge.
Sainsburry, who will be sworn in on 18 November 2016 in Wellington, is appointed an Acting District Court Judge with a jury warrant to be based in Manukau, Auckland, according to Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson.
The veteran lawyer has also represented rugby player Julian Save and Hurricanes ex-winger David Smith. He has practiced in the Wellington region since he was admitted in December 1985 and began work with Richardson & McCardle in Upper Hutt.
He moved to Crown prosecution with Luke Cunningham and Clere before joining Bell Gully
as a commercial litigator.
In 1993, he went into sole practice as a barrister and has worked primarily in the area of criminal law. He has extensive litigation experience including appearances before the Supreme Court and Privy Council.
Sainsbury is a member of the Wellington Crown Prosecution Panel although he predominantly acts as defence counsel. He is currently the President of the Criminal Bar Association, the first president from outside Auckland.
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