A female first

Publication Date 
04 August 2017
Belinda Clark

With Belinda Clark joining Donna Buckingham and Helen McQueen at the Law Commission it has, for the first time, a majority of female Commissioners.

Belinda Clark will become New Zealand's 38th Law Commissioner and 12th female commissioner – following in the footsteps of the first woman Commissioner Dame Sian Elias, now Chief Justice.

The Commission is one of the only Law Commissions in the world with a majority of women Commissioners, along with the South African Commission.

This achievement along with a growing number of women in the judiciary, and women now outnumbering men practising as solicitors, add to an ongoing trend.

The women on the Law Commission's board bring a diverse range of skills. They include a university academic, a former partner in a private law firm and a public sector leader.

Along with Douglas White, a retired judge, these three board members strengthen the Law Commission through the broad ranging professional and personal perspectives which they bring to the task of reforming the law.