The implications of a supreme law Bill of Rights for judicial appointments in New Zealand
The enactment of a supreme law Bill of Rights in New Zealand would have significant implications for the process of appointing judges. This essay contends that the present judicial appointments system is insufficiently transparent and offers too few safeguards to prevent judicial appointments from becoming politicised. It draws on Canada's experience after enacting the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to illustrate why reform is needed. Ultimately, it is contended that the adoption of a supreme law Bill of Rights in New Zealand should be accompanied by the creation of a judicial appointments commission.