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Encyclopedia > Richard Wild

The Right Honourable Sir Herbert Richard Churton Wild (known as Richard), (20 September 1912 - 22 May 1978) QC, was Chief Justice of New Zealand. Wild was born in Blenheim but attended Feilding Agricultural High School. In 1930 he enrolled at Victoria University College, graduating LLB in 1934 and LLM in 1935. In 1938 he played representative rugby for Wellington. The Right Honourable (abbreviated The Rt Hon. ... 1912 (MCMXII) was a leap year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... The official portrait of former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, who was made Queens Counsel as Justice Minister in 1992. ... The Chief Justice of New Zealand is the senior judge of the High Court of New Zealand, and presides over the Supreme Court of New Zealand. ... Blenheim is a small city located in Marlborough, on the northeast of the South Island in New Zealand. ... Victoria University of Wellington was established in 1897 as the fifth constituent college of the University of New Zealand by an Act of Parliament. ... The degree of Bachelor of Laws is the principal academic degree in law in most common law countries. ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Master of Laws is an advanced law degree that allows someone to specialize in a particular area of law. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Wellington (Te Whanganui-a-Tara or Poneke) is the capital of New Zealand, the countrys second-largest urban area and the most populous national capital in Oceania. ...


In 1955 Wild was appointed judge advocate general of the army. Two years later he was appointed Solicitor General, becoming a Queen's Counsel the same year. During his eight-year term he revitalised the Crown Law Office, recruiting able members of the profession as Crown counsel and reorganising the department to meet the demands of the increasing litigation involving the government and the administration of criminal justice. As the Crown’s principal legal adviser and counsel, he appeared in many leading cases, mainly in the Court of Appeal and before the Privy Council. He was president of the Wellington District Law Society (1960), and from 1962 to 1964 vice president of the New Zealand Law Society. His leadership and chairmanship were acknowledged as outstanding. In 1962–63 he was chairman of the Committee on Absolute Liability, the precursor to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Compensation for Personal Injury in New Zealand, which led to new accident compensation legislation. In 1964 he contributed a paper on ‘Social progress and the legal process’ for the New Zealand Institute of Public Administration. The New Zealand Army (or NZ Army) is the land armed force of the New Zealand military and comprises around 4,500 regular personnel and 2,500 non-regulars and civilians. ... The Solicitor General is a cabinet position in several countries, dealing with legal affairs. ... The official portrait of former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, who was made Queens Counsel as Justice Minister in 1992. ...


On 18 January 1966 Wild was appointed Chief Justice of New Zealand, the youngest to assume the office since the appointment of James Prendergast in 1875. Wild became a member of the Privy Council and was knighted (KCMG). His passionate belief in the fundamental importance of the administration of justice in an ordered, democratic society shone through all his work as a judge and head of a judiciary committed to administering justice efficiently, effectively and promptly. He famously decided the case of Fitzgerald v Muldoon in 1976. 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... The Chief Justice of New Zealand is the senior judge of the High Court of New Zealand, and presides over the Supreme Court of New Zealand. ... James Prendergast is executive director of Americans for Technology Leadership. ... A privy council is a body that advises the head of state of a nation, especially in a monarchy. ... On the Orders insignia, St Michael is often depicted subduing Satan. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ...


During his term as Chief Justice, there were major changes in the judicial system and the jurisdiction following the Royal Commission on the Courts, and the Royal Commission on Personal Injury. Along with dealing with these administritive issues, Wild sat on the bench of the (old) Supreme Court sessions throughout New Zealand, the Court of Appeal of New Zealand, and also as a member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London in 1969, 1972 and 1977. The Court of Appeal of New Zealand, located in Wellington, is New Zealand’s principal intermediate appellate court. ... The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council is one of the highest courts in the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see London (disambiguation) and Defining London (below). ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1972 calendar). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ...


Wild was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1977. On 22 May 1978 he died in Karori, Wellington, survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. One of Sir Richard's sons, John, has since been appointed a Justice of the High Court of New Zealand. A brain tumor is any intracranial mass created by an abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells either normally found in the brain itself: neurons, glial cells (astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, ependymal cells), lymphatic tissue, blood vessels), in the cranial nerves (myelin producing Schwann cells), in the brain envelopes (meninges), skull, pituitary and... May 22 is the 142nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (143rd in leap years). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... The High Court of New Zealand was established in 1841 and known as the Supreme Court until 1980. ...


External links

  • Dictionary of New Zealand Biography - Sir Richard Wild
 
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