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Tauranga criminal barrister Paul Mabey QC has been sworn in as a district court judge.
Tauranga criminal barrister Paul Mabey QC is the country's newest district court judge after a special swearing-in ceremony which included glowing accolades and plenty of humour.
It was standing room only as family, friends and colleagues from both sides of the criminal bar, police, court and probation staff and a large contingent of past and present judges gathered at a special district court sitting at Tauranga courthouse yesterday.
That included Justice Paul Heath, Principal Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft and Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue, who presided over the swearing-in ceremony.
Judge Mabey will initially sit in Tauranga, then also in Rotorua.