Richard Wild (judge)

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Sir Richard Wild

9th Chief Justice of New Zealand
In office
18 January 1966 – 20 January 1978
Nominated byKeith Holyoake
Appointed bySir Bernard Fergusson
Preceded byHarold Barrowclough
Succeeded byRonald Davison
Personal details
Born(1912-09-20)20 September 1912
Blenheim, New Zealand
Died22 May 1978(1978-05-22) (aged 65)
Wellington, New Zealand

Sir Herbert Richard Churton Wild GBE KCMG QC (20 September 1912 – 22 May 1978) was the ninth Chief Justice of New Zealand. Wild was born in Blenheim but attended Feilding Agricultural High School.

Chief Justice[edit]

He famously decided the case of Fitzgerald v Muldoon and Others in 1976.

Wild was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1977. He resigned as Chief Justice in early 1978 and died shortly after. One of Sir Richard's sons, John Wild QC, was later appointed a Justice of the New Zealand Court of Appeal.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Harold Barrowclough
Chief Justice of New Zealand
Succeeded by
Ronald Davison