Peter Blanchard

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The Right Honourable
Sir Peter Blanchard
KNZM PC
Justice of the Supreme Court
In office
1 January 2004 – 2012
Personal details
Alma mater University of Auckland
Harvard University
Profession Lawyer

Sir Peter Blanchard KNZM PC (born 2 August 1942)[1] is a former Judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand.[2]

In 1968 Blanchard received a Master of Laws degree from the University of Auckland Law School. He was then awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship from Harvard Law School where he received a masters degree in Law. He specialized in commercial, insolvency and property law as a partner at the Auckland law firms of Grierson Jackson & Partners (1968–1983) and Simpson Grierson (1983 to 1992).[3]

In 1992 Blanchard was appointed as a judge of the High Court of New Zealand[4] and in 1996 appointed as a judge of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand.[5]

In 1998 Blanchard was appointed as a New Zealand member of the Privy Council[6][7] and in 2004 was appointed to the Supreme Court of New Zealand.[3][8] Appointment to the Privy Council grants the right to use the style of The Right Honourable so Blanchard became The Right Honourable Justice Blanchard.

In the New Year Honours 2005 Blanchard was appointed a Distinguished Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit "for services to the Judiciary"[9][10] which in 2009 was re-designated a Knight Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit.[11][12]

Blanchard has also served as an expatriate justice of the Supreme Court of Fiji.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Supremes – who’s who on NZ’S highest court". New Zealand Herald. 30 March 2005. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Judges of the Supreme Court". 
  3. ^ a b "Judge honoured by alma mater". University of Auckland. 
  4. ^ "Appointment of Judge of High Court" (9 July 1992) 105 New Zealand Gazette 2371 at 2375.
  5. ^ "Appointment of Judge of Court of Appeal" (15 February 1996) 13 New Zealand Gazette 421 at 444.
  6. ^ "Appointments to the Privy Council" (28 May 1998) 74 New Zealand 1613 at 1644.
  7. ^ "The Privy Council". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 
  8. ^ "Appointment of Judges of the Supreme Court" (20 November 2003) 157 New Zealand Gazette 4333 at 4357.
  9. ^ "New Year Honours 2005" (14 January 2005) 2 New Zealand Gazette 49.
  10. ^ "New Year Honours List 2005". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 
  11. ^ Special Honours List (12 August 2009) 118 New Zealand Gazette 2691
  12. ^ "Special Honours List 1 AUGUST 2009". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.