Podcast: Confessions of a District Court Judge – Rosemary Riddell

by | 23 Mar 2022 | Family, Litigation, Podcast

Capstone Business Talks is a podcast about the better ways to work and to grow a profitable business.

In this episode, we spoke with retired  Judge Rosemary Riddell about her book “To Be Fair: Confessions of a District Court Judge“.  In her book, Judge Riddell shared stories and insights about her life on the bench.

After juggling law school whilst raising 3 children with her husband Mike, Judge Riddell only became a lawyer at the age of 40.   Judge Riddell was appointed as a Judge of the District Court in 2006 and she served in the Hamilton Court until retirement.

Please join us for our discussions on the following topics:

  1. Why did you become a lawyer and what was that journey like of you?
  2. How did you become a Judge?
  3. Can you give us an example of a day in the life of a Judge?
  4. Why did you write your book “To Be Fair”?
  5. After you became a Judge, what was something you wish you had known when you were a litigator?
  6. What are 3 characteristics an effective litigator must possess?
  7. Some of my Chinese clients have fears that New Zealand Judges may have biases against counsel who are not Pakeha, what would you say to people with such concerns?
  8. How could someone become a Judge?


Kenneth Sun

Kenneth Sun

Partner & CEO

Kenneth is the founding partner of Capstone Law.  Kenneth has a MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and he was also awarded the prestigious Dean’s Academic Achievement Award for graduating from the University of Auckland law school in the top 5% of his class. Kenneth has worked at some of the best law firms in the country before starting Capstone Law.


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