Thomas Gault

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The Right Honourable
Sir Thomas Gault
President of the Court of Appeal
In office
Preceded by Sir Ivor Richardson
Succeeded by Noel Anderson
Personal details
Born (1938-10-31) 31 October 1938 (age 76)

Sir Thomas Munro Gault KNZM QC PC (Chinese: 高禮哲, born 31 October 1938[1]) is a New Zealand judge who was a Justice of the Supreme Court of New Zealand and is a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom as well as a non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong. He has also been a justice of the Supreme Court of Fiji.

Gault attended Wellington College and graduated with a Master of Laws degree from Victoria University of Wellington. After graduation he was a member of the law firm A J Park & Son for 20 years. In 1981, he began practicing as a barrister sole, and in 1984 he was appointed a Queen's Counsel.

His first appointment to the bench was as a Judge of the High Court in 1987, followed three years later by being made a member of the Court of Appeal. He was appointed President of the Court of Appeal in May 2002.

In 2001 he was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the judiciary. In the Special Honours 2009 Gault accepted re-designation of his DCNZM to a Knight Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit following the restoration of titular honours by the New Zealand government.[2]

Gault is a keen golfer, winning the New Zealand Universities’ Championship. He was awarded Blues by both Victoria University and the University of New Zealand. Moving into the administration of the game, he was President of the New Zealand Golf Association from 1987 to 1996 and as an Advisory Member of the Rules of Golf and Amateur Status Committees from 1978 to 1996. He was referee for The Open Championship from 1993 to 1998. He joined The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in 1994, and was made its first New Zealand captain in September 2005.


  1. ^ "The Supremes – who’s who on NZ’S highest court". New Zealand Herald. 30 March 2005. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Special Honours List (12 August 2009) 118 New Zealand Gazette 2691

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Order of precedence
Preceded by
Lord Millett
Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
Hong Kong order of precedence
Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
Succeeded by
Murray Gleeson
Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal