Story: Judicial system

Supreme Court Judges Act 1858

The Supreme Court Judges Act 1858 guaranteed the tenure of judges 'during good behaviour'. Freedom from unreasonable dismissal was an important element of judicial independence, and had been introduced in Britain in 1701 to prevent the monarch from dismissing judges on a whim.

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Reference: New Zealand Statutes, 1858, pp. 99-100.

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Philip A. Joseph and Thomas Joseph, 'Judicial system - Judicial independence', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/33956/supreme-court-judges-act-1858 (accessed 28 February 2020)

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