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Attorney General Chris Finlayson

Attorney General Chris Finlayson

A senior member of government is appointed attorney general – the first law officer of the Crown. In 2011 the attorney general was Chris Finlayson, seen here reading the oath of office during the swearing-in ceremony for ministers in November 2008. As the link between the judiciary and the government, the attorney general recommends all judicial appointments except for those of chief justice and judges of the Māori Land Court.

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Philip A. Joseph and Thomas Joseph, 'Judicial system - Judges', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/33951/attorney-general-chris-finlayson (accessed 5 June 2020)

Story by Philip A. Joseph and Thomas Joseph, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 11 Oct 2016