Hamilton judges move on

02:19, Aug 21 2014
 Judge Evangelos Thomas,
MOVING ON: Judge Evangelos Thomas, pictured here at his swearing in in 2011, will finish in the Hamilton District Court at the end of the year

Two Hamilton judges are moving on to greener pastures.

Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue confirmed Judge Evangelos Thomas, affectionately known as Barney, will finish in the Hamilton District Court at the end of the year after getting a transfer to the Auckland District Court.

Judge Thomas began his legal career in Auckland, before moving to Rotorua then Tauranga.

He then became one of the few New Zealanders to work as a trial attorney  at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague.

Judge Thomas will begin in Auckland in January 2015.

He will be replaced by former Hamilton lawyer and current Auckland-based Judge David Wilson QC.
Judge Wilson practised as a barrister in Hamilton for 20 years and was appointed a judge in 2003.


He will begin in his new role in the city in October.

And Judge Peter Spiller will begin a new role as  chairperson of the Immigration and Protection Tribunal for a 5 year term, commencing on October 1.

Judge Spiller was previously a Professor of Law at Waikato University who has written extensively on legal history and legal biography.

He also holds six degrees and two doctorates.

Former Hamilton lawyer Simon Menzies was sworn on to the bench as a District Court Judge earlier this month to take over the reigns.

Waikato Times