Tue 18 Sep 2018 AT 7:15 am , Wellington

Meet the Chiefs: New Professionals Breakfast with Judge Jan-Marie Doogue

Join the IPANZ New Professionals Leadership Team for a light breakfast, intravenous coffee, and the opportunity to meet Judge Jan-Marie Doogue, Chief District Court Judge of New Zealand.

Come at 7.15am for breakfast; the speaker will start at 7.45am. It's an early start but well worth the effort to hear Jan-Marie discuss first-hand her career path, highlights and challenges. There will be opportunity to ask questions and engage with Jan-Marie as well.

About Judge Jan-Marie Doogue

Her Honour Judge Jan-Marie Doogue was appointed the Chief District Court Judge of New Zealand in September 2011. She leads a bench of more than 170 judges in what is Australasia's biggest court. She has been a District Court Judge since 1994, firstly in the Family Court, extending to the criminal jurisdiction with a jury trial warrant in 2007. Previously she had been a barrister sole for nine years after practising law in Auckland since 1980. Originally from Christchurch, she gained her LLB from Auckland University, and acquired a Diploma in Mediation from Bond University, Queensland in 1994.

Since her appointment to the bench, Judge Doogue has pursued innovative approaches to judicial administration and courts reform, including the efficient and fair operation of the summary criminal courts. In 2001-2002 Judge Doogue was a New Zealand judicial representative to The Hague on the civil aspects of international child abduction. From 2003 to 2007 she chaired the Drafting Committee of a Global Treaty on Child Support at The Hague, and in 2007 was Vice President of the 21st Diplomatic Session of The Hague Private International Law Conference. In 2009 she was President of the Commission of The Hague Private International Law Conference (Child Support Convention). Since 2011 she has been an International Hague Network Judge for New Zealand and a member of the Hague Conference of Private International Law Experts’ Group on Cross-Border Recognition and Enforcement of Agreements in Family Matters Involving Children.