Rangiora lawyer John Brandts-Giesen has been sworn in as a District Court Judge in a ceremony at the Christchurch Court House.
Mr Brandts-Giesen will take up his appointment in Invercargill with a specialist warrant to preside over Family Court sittings.
He was admitted to the bar in October 1975 and began practice as a staff solicitor for Christchurch law firm Raymond Donnelly in 1976.
He became a partner in the firm now known as Lane Neave in 1980 before joining the partnership Brandts-Giesen McCormick Lawyers in 1994.
He has primarily practised family law, including conducting relationship property and care of children cases and numerous appointments as lawyer for the child.
Judges, lawyers, court officials, family and friends packed the No 1 District Court for the ceremony which began with a powhiri before the Principal Family Court Judge Laurence Ryan administered the judicial oaths for the swearing-in.
Judge Ryan said Judge Brandts-Giesen had held a wide range of posts during his 41-year-old career, including being president of the Canterbury District Law Society. His “expertise and technical ability” would now be a great asset to the judiciary.
The president of the Auckland District Law Society, Brian Keene, QC, said Mr Brandts-Giesen would be an outstanding judge. He was “careful, thoughtful, balanced, clever, humble, a good listener, and decisive”.