Justice Ellen France | New Zealand
Justice Ellen France has an LLB (Hons) from Auckland University and an LLM from Queen’s University, Ontario. Before being appointed to the High Court in April 2002 she was a senior legal adviser in the Department of Justice Law Reform Division working on a variety of law reform projects including constitutional reform such as the Constitution Act 1986 and the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. She moved to practice litigation in the Crown Law Office, first as Crown Counsel and then Deputy Solicitor-General. Her work included appearances in the High Court and Court of Appeal on a range of different public law and constitutional matters. She was appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal in June 2006. She was made President of the Court of Appeal with effect from 1 September 2014. On 22 July 2016 she was appointed Supreme Court Judge.