Chief Justice of New Zealand

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Chief Justice of New Zealand
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Dame Sian Elias

since 17 May 1999
Style The Right Honourable
Nominator Prime Minister of New Zealand
Appointer Governor-General of New Zealand
Term length No set term, though retirement is mandatory at age 70
Formation 5 February 1841
First holder Sir William Martin
Salary $514,000[1]
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The Chief Justice of New Zealand (in Māori: Te Kaiwhakawā Tumuaki o Aotearoa) is the head of the New Zealand judiciary, and presides over the Supreme Court of New Zealand. Before the establishment of the latter court in 2004 the Chief Justice was the presiding judge in the High Court of New Zealand and was also ex officio a member of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand. The office is established by the Judicature Act 1908.

The Governor-General of New Zealand appoints the Chief Justice on the advice of the Prime Minister.[2]

The Chief Justice acts in place of the Governor-General if one has not been appointed or if the appointee is unable to perform his or her duties. When acting in place of the Governor-General, the Chief Justice is known as the Administrator of the Government.

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