John Hansen (judge)

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Sir John William Hansen, KNZM (born 1945) is a judge of the New Zealand High Court and a member of the International Cricket Council Code of Conduct Commission.[1] He has held several judicial offices from 1979 until 1988 in Hong Kong and since 1988, in the High Court of New Zealand. He was a professional cricket player and later took on administrative jobs at International Cricket Council.[1]


Hansen started his education at Wakari School in Dunedin.[2] He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 1968 from the University of Otago, New Zealand. In 1967, he had joined the law firm of Aspinall, Joel & Co and then moved to John E Farry. In 1969, he became a partner of the firm, which is now called as John E. Farry & Hansen. During the years between 1979 and 1988, Hansen was based in Hong Kong appointed as a magistrate, coroner, district court judge, family court judge and High Court master. In 1988, he returned to New Zealand and became a master of the New Zealand High Court. He was later appointed as a judge of the High Court in July 1995. He retired in 2008. In latter years he had been performing his duties at Christchurch High Court.[3] Hansen was awarded DCNZM in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to the judiciary.[4]

In March 2009 Hansen was appointed to Court of Appeal of the Solomon Islands and in April 2009 he was appointed to the Court of Appeals of Samoa.


Hansen has played senior club cricket in Dunedin, New Zealand till 1979. In 1979, he moved to Hong Kong where he became the captain of Kowloon Cricket Club. He was also the manager of the Hong Kong national team in the 1980s. In 1988 he moved back to New Zealand, and is currently the president of Willows Cricket Club, North Canterbury.[1] Hansen is also a member of International Cricket Council Code of Conduct Commission representing New Zealand.

As a member of this commission, Hansen's responsibilities include overseeing formal enquiries into conduct, which in the opinion of the Executive Board is prejudicial to the interests of the game of cricket. He will then make recommendations to the Executive Board on these matters.[5]

Hearing of BCCI appeal[edit]

Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh was charged with a Level 3 offence of racially abusing Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds during the second Test of 2007–08 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, in Sydney Cricket Ground. At the completion of the test match, the match referee Mike Procter conducted the hearing with involved players and upheld the charges, issuing a ban of three Test matches to Harbhajan Singh. The BCCI filed an appeal against the decision on behalf of Harbhajan.[6]

Hansen was appointed to hear the appeal, on 8 January 2008 and the hearing was scheduled for 29 and 30 January. [7][8]

On 2008-01-29, the hearing on the appeal was conducted by Hansen. The racism charge on Harbhajan Singh was not proved and therefore cleared and three Test ban imposed on him by match referee Mike Procter was lifted. However, lesser charge (Level 2.8 offence) of using abusive language was applied and Harbhajan was fined 50% of his match fee.[9] Also it was reported that senior players had written a letter to the justice requesting a downgrading of the charge.[9][10] Captains and Cricket Boards (BCCI and CA) of both the countries expressed their satisfaction with the outcome of the hearing.[9]


  1. ^ a b c John Hansen's briefing to media on procedure to be adopted at Harbhajan Singh appeal hearing Archived 31 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Murdoch, Wendy (17 December 2016). "National portrait: Judge trades law books for good reads and binge-gardening in the country". The Press. p. C3. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Details of The Honourable Justice John Hansen
  4. ^ "Queen's Birthday Honours 2008". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 2 June 2008. Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2008. 
  5. ^ ICC Code of Conduct Commission Archived 7 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine. – From ICC STRUCTURE AND CONTACTS Official Web page
  6. ^ Vaidyanathan, Siddhartha (6 January 2008). "Harbhajan gets three-match ban". Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 January 2008. 
  7. ^ "ICC appoints Hansen to hear Harbhajan appeal". Reuters. 9 January 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2008. 
  8. ^ "Harbhajan appeal to be held after Tests". Cricinfo. 14 January 2008. 
  9. ^ a b c "Harbhajan Singh cleared of racism charges" (Press release). ICC. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2008. 
  10. ^ Doshi, Anjali (29 January 2008). "Racism charge against Harbhajan dropped". Archived from the original on 1 February 2008. Retrieved 29 January 2008.