Justice Lowell Goddard is a judge of the High Court of New Zealand and is a highly respected member of the judiciary who has been at the forefront of criminal law and procedure. She was admitted to the Bar in 1975. Soon after she commenced practice as a barrister and was appointed Queen’s Counsel. She was later appointed Deputy Solicitor-General for New Zealand and in that role undertook responsibility for the prosecution of all indictable crime in New Zealand. She was appointed to the High Court bench in December 1995.
Justice Goddard is believed to be the first Maori woman to have served as a High Court Judge. She has also sat as a member of the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal and is now the first New Zealand woman to hold the position of Independent Police Conduct Authority.
Justice Lowell Goddard is one of four representatives on the INIOP steering group that represent the Asia/Pacific region.