Minister of Justice (New Zealand)

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Minister of Justice of New Zealand
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Incumbent
Hon Andrew Little

since 26 October 2017
Ministry of Justice
Style The Honourable
Member of
Reports to Prime Minister of New Zealand
Appointer Governor-General of New Zealand
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation 13 June 1870
First holder Henry Sewell
Salary $288,900[1]
Website www.beehive.govt.nz
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The Minister of Justice (in Māori: Tāhū o te Ture) is a minister in the government of New Zealand. The minister has responsibility for the formulation of justice policy and for the administration of law courts.

The current Minister of Justice is Andrew Little. The previous Minister of Justice, Amy Adams (politician), a member of the National Party, resigned from her ministerial positions on 26 October 2017, following a change in government, with the Labour Party taking charge, following the 2017 General Election.

History[edit]

The first Minister of Justice was appointed in 1870. This was followed in 1872 by the creation of the Department of Justice.

The Attorney-General is responsible for supervising New Zealand law and advising the Government on legal matters, and has ministerial jurisdiction over the Crown Law Office and the Parliamentary Counsel Office. The position is separate from that of 'Minister of Justice', though the two positions have sometimes been held by the same person, e.g. Martyn Finlay 1972–75.

Responsibility for the police has never technically belonged to the Minister of Justice per se. Originally, the Minister of Defence was responsible. During the early 20th century, however, it became established that the person serving as Minister of Justice was also the minister in charge of the police. This continued until the election of the First Labour Government in 1935, when responsibility for the police became detached — the Minister of Police was eventually established as a full ministerial post in 1969.

In 1995, the Department of Justice was split into three parts — a Ministry of Justice would deal with policy matters, while the practical administration of the court system and the prison system would be given their own departments. This resulted in the creation of two new ministerial portfolios — Minister of Court and Minister of Corrections. The former has since been absorbed back into the Justice portfolio, but the latter is still independent.

List of Justice Ministers[edit]

Colour key
(for political parties)

 Independent  
 Liberal  
 Reform  
 United  
 Labour  
 National  

No. Name Portrait Term of Office Prime Minister
1 Henry Sewell Henry Sewell, 1860 cropped.jpg 13 June 1870 30 October 1871 Fox
2 John Bathgate No image.png 29 October 1872 20 February 1874 Waterhouse
Fox
Vogel
3 Maurice O'Rorke George Maurice O’Rorke.jpg 20 February 1874 13 August 1874
4 Charles Bowen Charles Christopher Bowen, 1878.jpg 16 December 1874 13 October 1877
Pollen
Vogel
Atkinson
5 John Sheehan John Sheehan, 1884.jpg 13 October 1877 8 October 1879 Grey
6 William Rolleston William Rolleston (cropped).jpg 15 December 1880 13 April 1881 Hall
7 Thomas Dick Thomas Dick, 1882.jpg 13 April 1881 11 October 1882
Whitaker
8 Edward Conolly No image.png 11 October 1882 16 August 1884
Atkinson
9 Joseph Tole No image.png 16 August 1884 8 October 1887 Stout
10 Thomas Fergus Thomas Fergus, NZETC.jpg 8 October 1887 17 October 1889 Atkinson
11 William Russell William Russell, ca 1878.jpg 17 October 1889 24 January 1891
12 William Pember Reeves William Pember Reeves (crop).jpg 24 January 1891 28 May 1892 Ballance
13 Alfred Cadman Alfred Jerome Cadman (Cropped).jpg 28 May 1892 1 May 1893
Seddon
(12) William Pember Reeves William Pember Reeves (crop).jpg 20 July 1893 6 September 1893
(13) Alfred Cadman Alfred Jerome Cadman (Cropped).jpg 6 September 1893 28 March 1895
(12) William Pember Reeves William Pember Reeves (crop).jpg 28 March 1895 10 January 1896
14 William Hall-Jones William Hall-Jones 2.jpg 10 January 1896 2 March 1896
15 Thomas Thompson Thomas Thompson.jpg 2 March 1896 23 January 1900
16 James McGowan James McGowan, 1908.jpg 23 January 1900 6 January 1909
Hall-Jones
Ward
17 John Findlay John George Findlay.jpg 6 January 1909 26 December 1911
18 Josiah Hanan Josiah Alfred Hanan, ca 1908.jpg 28 March 1912 10 July 1912 Mackenzie
19 Alexander Herdman Alexander Herdman.jpg 10 July 1912 12 August 1915 Massey
20 Robert McNab Robert McNab (1908).jpg 12 August 1915 20 February 1917
(18) Josiah Hanan Josiah Alfred Hanan, ca 1908.jpg 20 February 1917 14 November 1917
21 Thomas Wilford Thomas Wilford, 1928.jpg 14 November 1917 25 August 1919
22 Gordon Coates Joseph Gordon Coates, 1931.jpg 4 September 1919 3 April 1920
23 Ernest Lee Ernest Lee.jpg 3 April 1920 13 January 1923
24 Francis Bell Francis Bell.jpg 13 January 1923 27 June 1923
25 James Parr James Parr.jpg 27 June 1923 18 January 1926
Bell
Coates
26 Frank Rolleston Frank Rolleston.jpg 18 January 1926 26 November 1928
27 William Downie Stewart Jr. William Downie Stewart.jpg 26 November 1928 10 December 1928
(21) Thomas Wilford Thomas Wilford, 1928.jpg 10 December 1928 10 December 1929 Ward
28 Thomas Sidey Thomas Kay Sidey.jpg 18 December 1929 28 May 1930
29 John Cobbe John Cobbe, 1931.jpg 28 May 1930 6 December 1935 Forbes
30 Rex Mason Rex Mason.jpg 6 December 1935 13 December 1949 Savage
Fraser
31 Clifton Webb Clifton Webb.jpg 13 December 1949 26 November 1954 Holland
32 Jack Marshall Jack Marshall 1951.jpg 26 November 1954 12 December 1957
Holyoake
(30) Rex Mason Rex Mason.jpg 12 December 1957 12 December 1960 Nash
33 Ralph Hanan Josiah Ralph Hanan, ca 1946.jpg 12 December 1960 24 July 1969 Holyoake
34 Dan Riddiford Dan Riddiford.jpg 22 December 1969 9 February 1972
35 Roy Jack No image.png 9 February 1972 8 December 1972 Marshall
36 Martyn Finlay Martyn Finlay, 1945.jpg 8 December 1972 12 December 1975 Kirk
Rowling
37 David Thomson David Spence Thomson.jpg 12 December 1975 13 December 1978 Muldoon
38 Jim McLay Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the CTBT - Flickr - The Official CTBTO Photostream (18).jpg 13 December 1978 26 July 1984
39 Geoffrey Palmer SirGeoffreyPalmer.jpg 26 July 1984 4 August 1989 Lange
40 Bill Jeffries Bill Jeffries.jpg 4 August 1989 2 November 1990 Palmer
Moore
41 Doug Graham No image.png 2 November 1990 1 February 1999 Bolger
42 Tony Ryall Tony Ryall.jpg 1 February 1999 5 December 1999
Shipley
43 Phil Goff Phil Goff at Maungaraki School.jpg 5 December 1999 19 October 2005 Clark
44 Mark Burton Mark Burton.jpg 19 October 2005 31 October 2007
45 Annette King Annette King at Onslow Kindergarten.jpg 31 October 2007 19 November 2008
46 Simon Power No image.png 19 November 2008 12 December 2011 Key
47 Judith Collins The Honourable Judith Collins MP.jpg 12 December 2011 30 August 2014
48 Amy Adams Amy Adams politician.jpg 30 August 2014 26 October 2017
English
49 Andrew Little Andrew Little, 2016.jpg 26 October 2017 present Ardern

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