Tom Weston

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Thomas Crowley "Tom" Weston QC (born 1958) is a New Zealand lawyer and justice of the High Court and Court of Appeal of the Cook Islands. He is also known as a poet.


Weston was born in 1958 in Christchurch. He attended the University of Canterbury,[1] from where he graduated with LL.B. (Hons).[2]

Weston has a long history as a commercial litigator.[3] He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1999,[4] and later that year was appointed to the Rules Committee, the body responsible for setting court rules.[5] He was reappointed in 2002 for a further term of three years.[6]

In 2006, he was appointed a part-time judge of the Cook Islands High Court and Court of Appeal.[3] On 13 May 2010 he was appointed Chief Justice of the Cook Islands, replacing his legal partner David Williams.[7]

Weston has published several books of poems. Small Humours of Daylight deals mostly with travel by sea between islands, and was reviewed by Graham Brazier for The New Zealand Herald.[8]



  • Vincent, David; Weston, Tom (1981). Too Lost to Land. Mumbles Road. ISBN 0473001160. 
  • Weston, Tom (1982). The Red Orchestra. Griffin Press. ISBN 0959765301. 
  • Weston, Tom (1996). The Ambiguous Companion. Hazard Press. ISBN 1877161047. 
  • Weston, Tom (2004). Naming the Mind Like Trees. Steele Roberts Publishing Limited. ISBN 1877338230. 
  • Weston, Tom (2008). Small Humours of Daylight. Steele Roberts Publishing Limited. ISBN 1877448214. 
  • Weston, Tom (2014). Only One Question. Steele Roberts Aotearoa. ISBN 9781927242582. 



  1. ^ "Weston, Tom". New Zealand Book Council. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mr Thomas (Tom) Weston QC". New Zealand Bar Association. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Tom Weston QC". Bankside Chambers. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Queens Counsel Appts". The New Zealand Gazette. 27 May 1999. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Judicature Appointments Rules". The New Zealand Gazette. 12 August 1999. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Reappointment to the Rules Committee,Thomas Crowley Weston QC". The New Zealand Gazette. 11 July 2002. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "New Chief Justice sworn in". Cook Islands News. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  8. ^ Brazier, Graham (14 July 2008). "Poignant and heart-shaped words". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 

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