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Judge Sir David J. Carruthers

The Authority was Chaired by Judge Sir David J. Carruthers from 2012 until his retirement in August 2017. 

Born and raised in Pahiatua, David Carruthers graduated in 1962 from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, with an LLB and completed his LLM (Hons) in 1964.

Judge Carruthers practised in Wellington before returning to practice law in his home town of Pahiatua. A move to Palmerston North and his own practice preceded his being appointed a Family Court Judge and Youth Court Judge in Wellington in 1985. In 1995 Judge Carruthers was appointed Principal Youth Court Judge and in 2001 he was appointed Chief District Court Judge, a position he held until his retirement in 2005. Judge Carruthers was the Chairman of the New Zealand Parole Board from 2005 until his appointment as Chairman of the Independent Police Conduct Authority in April 2012.

The Judge has spoken at a large number of international and national conferences and has been an author of a number of papers presented in overseas seminars. In 2002, he chaired the Ministerial Taskforce on Youth Offending. In 2012 he received the prestigious Baer Award in Orlando, USA for his contribution to the work of International Parole Authorities.

Judge Sir David Carruthers was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005 for his services to the District Courts. He was knighted by the Governor-General in 2009.



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