District Court bench welcomes two

Auckland and Napier barristers appointed as new judges

District Court bench welcomes two

Clare Bennett and Jonathan Krebs have been appointed as District Court judges, Attorney-General David Parker announced Thursday.

Bennett will have jury jurisdiction and will be based on the North Shore. She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1986. From 1989 to 1989, she has practised as a barrister in Hamilton. In 1989, she was appointed as a youth advocate, an area she has focused her practice on in recent years. She has been a barrister in chambers in Auckland and Manukau since 1999.

Bennet holds approval for all categories with the Legal Services Agency. She has interest in continuing legal education, having been a member of the Litigation Skills Faculty since 2004, the attorney-general said. She has also chaired the last two triennial National Youth Advocates Conferences.

Krebs, who will also have jury jurisdiction, was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1988, when he also joined Langley Twigg Solicitors in Napier. He was with the firm until 1998, when he became a senior prosecutor with Meredith Connell in Auckland.

From 2002 to 2006, he was a partner at Elvidge & Partners, the Hawke’s Bay Crown Solicitors. He was then seconded to the Attorney-General’s Office of Samoa for two months. Since 2006, he has been a barrister sole, with chambers in Napier and Auckland.

Krebs has focused on criminal and civil litigation. He was convenor of the New Zealand Law Society’s Criminal Law Subcommittee for a decade. He is also the past president of the Hawke’s Bay District Law Society.

Bennett and Krebs will be sworn in on 3 October and 1 October, respectively, Parker said.

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