Letter to editor, brief commentary or brief communication
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Wellington, New Zealand
The February 2003 issue of this Journal contained two timely contributions to the debate surrounding the government’s proposal to abolish appeals to the Privy Council and establish a new Supreme Court as New Zealand’s final judicial body. In this article, we do not consider all the issues raised by Bruce Harris  NZLJ 15, and James Allan  NZLJ 18. Instead, we focus on the process by which the Supreme Court Bench will be selected. We contend that if the Court is to enjoy full public confidence and political legitimacy, its Judges should not be appointed via the traditional appointment process. Rather, some form of legislative confirmation should be employed.