The 2022 Annual Norris Ward McKinnon Lecture

'Te Ao Mārama: It's a Matter of Fairness'Being seen, heard, understood and participating in the criminal justice system’ by Judge John Walker

As part of his upcoming lecture in the Norris Ward McKinnon Lecture Series, Judge John Walker will expand on Chief District Court Judge Taumaunu’s lecture of 2020 and approach Te Ao Mārama, the vision for the District Court, through a jurisprudential lens. He will discuss how Te Ao Mārama is grounded in values of procedural fairness and legitimacy, which give it a convincing justification.

His Honour will also expand on what it means for people to be seen, heard, understood and meaningfully participate in the criminal justice system, whether they are defendants, victims, whānau, hapū, iwi or other members of the community.As Principal Youth Court Judge for New Zealand, Judge Walker will discuss the journey of the Youth Court from its origin to the present day, and explore how the Youth Court too has been on a journey to an enlightened world. His Honour will note how the principles of the Youth Court and the Young Adult List have influenced Te Ao Mārama to a great extent.

Date: Tuesday 20 September 2022
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato
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The Annual Norris Ward McKinnon Lecture at Te Piringa - Faculty of Law

Te Piringa – Faculty of Law is delighted to continue its collaboration with Norris Ward McKinnon hosting this public event.

Designed as an annual event, the lecture series began as a way to address issues relating to the development of jurisprudence in New Zealand.

Now running for over 27 years, the Annual Norris Ward McKinnon Public Lecture brings distinguished scholars and members of the profession to the Waikato campus. This series has attracted national attention for its roster of speakers selected from New Zealand’s leading experts in the field of jurisprudence, NZ law and policy, and social justice. Over the years, distinguished guest speakers included Dame Sian Elias, Hon. Justice Baragwanath, Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Dame Sylvia Cartwright and many others.

The series helped to foster the relationship between the Hamilton Legal profession, the Hamilton law society, and Te Piringa – Faculty of Law.

The lecture is traditionally the lead article in Waikato Law Review.

Norris Ward McKinnon is a full service legal firm with nearly 100 years of history and expertise in the Waikato region.  The firm celebrated its centenary in 2019 and prides itself on looking after clients with professionalism and respect, offering clients specialist legal expertise backed by experience.