Ronald Davison

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The Right Honourable
Sir Ron Davison
10th Chief Justice of New Zealand
In office
3 February 1978 – 4 February 1989
Nominated by Robert Muldoon
Appointed by Sir Keith Holyoake
Preceded by Richard Wild
Succeeded by Thomas Eichelbaum
Personal details
Born (1920-11-16) 16 November 1920 (age 93)
Kaponga, Taranaki
Spouse(s) Jacqueline May Carr

Sir Ronald Keith Davison GBE CMG QC (born 16 November 1920) was the tenth Chief Justice of New Zealand from 1978 to 1989.[1]


Sir Ronald headed the government inquiry (1994–1997) into certain matters related to overseas company taxation, popularly known as the Winebox Inquiry. This involved allegations against a number of parties including the merchant bank Fay Richwhite. He also presided over the 1994 inquiry into the Family court proceedings involving the Bristol family, which resulted in a number of changes being made to New Zealand's child protection legislation.

Personal life[edit]

He married Jacqueline May Carr in 1948, and they have 3 children.

Sir Ronald's son Paul Davison QC is a prominent New Zealand barrister who prosecuted, among other cases, the trial of Scott Watson for the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope in the Marlborough Sounds on January 1, 1998.


  1. ^ "Former Chief Justices". Courts of New Zealand. Retrieved 11 January 2011.