Dame Sian Seerpoohi Elias, GNZM, QC (born March 13 1949) is the Chief Justice of New Zealand, and is therefore the most senior member of the country's judiciary. She is the presiding judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand. As Chief Justice, she also acts as the Administrator of the Government (acting Governor-General) when the position of Governor-General is vacant or if the Governor-General is overseas. Elias has held the position of Administrator of the Government from 22 March 2001 until 4 April 2001, between the terms of Sir Michael Hardie Boys and Dame Silvia Cartwright, and again from 4 August 2006 until 23 August 2006 between Cartwright's term and that of the Hon Anand Satyanand. Elias also acts as Administrator of the Governmen when the Governor-General has been out of the country.
Her Honour recused for a civil appeal brought by Lisa Cropp. Cropp races horses owned by the Chief Justice and her husband. The appeal concerned the legality of the procedure that resulted in a positive test for methamphetamine and loss of standing to practice as a jockey. Supreme Court (Blanchard, Tipping, McGrath, Anderson and Gault JJ) dismissed the appeal.
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Mar 25, 2010; Two Supreme Court judges yesterday helped to overrule a Privy Council decision which had earlier trumped their ruling when they...