Biography of Hon Sir William Young KNZM – Royal Commission Chair.
Sir William is a Supreme Court Judge, and former President of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand. He was appointed to the Supreme Court in June 2010.
Sir William graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1974 with an LLB with first class honours and was awarded the Gold Medal in Law by the then Canterbury District Law Society for being the top graduating law student in his year.
Sir William then completed a PhD at Cambridge University and returned to New Zealand to enter legal practice in Christchurch. From being a partner in his firm, Young Hunter, he became a Barrister Sole in 1988 and a Queen’s Counsel in 1991. In his QC role, Sir William acted in several high profile cases.
In 1997, Sir William was appointed a Judge of the High Court, progressing to the Court of Appeal (2004), the Presidency of the Court of Appeal (2006) and the Supreme Court (2010).
As a law practitioner, Sir William was involved with the New Zealand Law Society’s educational programme. As a Judge, he has worked with the Institute of Judicial Studies which is involved in the training of judges. He is the principal author of the Institute’s Criminal Jury Trials Bench Book and written a number of academic publications.
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