Richard Wild (judge)

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The Right Honourable
Sir Richard Wild
9th Chief Justice of New Zealand
In office
18 January 1966 – 20 January 1978
Nominated by Keith Holyoake
Appointed by Sir Bernard Fergusson
Preceded by Harold Barrowclough
Succeeded by Ronald Davison
Personal details
Born (1912-09-20)20 September 1912
Blenheim, New Zealand
Died 22 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. One of Sir Richard's sons, John Wild QC, has since been appointed a Justice of the New Zealand Court of Appeal.

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