Robert Chambers (New Zealand judge)

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The Honourable
Sir Robert Chambers
KNZM QC
Justice of the Supreme Court
In office
1 February 2012 – 21 May 2013
Personal details
Born 23 August 1953
Died 21 May 2013(2013-05-21) (aged 59)
Wellington, New Zealand

Sir Robert Stanley Chambers KNZM QC (23 August 1953 – 21 May 2013) was a judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand.

Chambers graduated from the University of Auckland in 1975, earning an LLB (Hons), and earned a doctorate from New College, Oxford in 1978. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1992.[1]

Chambers was appointed to the High Court in 1999[2] and in January 2004 appointed to the Court of Appeal.[3] In January 2012 Chambers appointed to the Supreme Court[4][5] and took up the post on 1 February 2012.

On 21 May 2013, Chambers unexpectedly died in his sleep in Wellington.[6][7] Subsequently, the Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae announced that Chambers was to have been appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours and that, as royal assent had been given to the appointment before Chambers' death, his knighthood took effect from 20 May 2013.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Queen's Counsel Regulations 1987" (20 August 1992) 130 New Zealand Gazette 2838.
  2. ^ "Appointment of Judge of the High Court" (20 May 1999) 56 New Zealand Gazette 1317.
  3. ^ "Appointment of Judges of the Court of Appeal" (20 November 2003) 157 New Zealand Gazette 4357.
  4. ^ "Appointment of Judge of the Supreme Court" (12 January 2012) 1 New Zealand Gazette 31.
  5. ^ "Judges of the Supreme Court". Courts of New Zealand. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Anderson, Jock (22 May 2013). "Death of Justice Robert Chambers". National Business Review. 
  7. ^ "Robert Stanley Chambers obituary". New Zealand Herald. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "'Outstanding' judge to be posthumously knighted". New Zealand Herald. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2013.