17 Oct 2014

Govt to appoint new Crown Solicitor

9:36 am on 17 October 2014

The Auckland-based job of representing the Government in court has been split into two positions as South Auckland grows.

Tim Williams said South Auckland was an economic prize that would increase the wealth for all of Auckland.

Heavy traffic crosses the Mangere Bridge, over Auckland's Manukau Harbour, at dusk. Photo: PHOTO NZ

The job of Auckland Crown Solicitor was previously held by Simon Moore QC, who became a High Court judge in March.

After that, and a review of Crown prosecution services, the Attorney-General has accepted a recommendation to create a second Crown Solicitor position in Manukau to accommodate the expanding region.

The law firm, Meredith Connell, has held the Crown Solicitor's role since 1922.

Its spokesperson, Brian Dickey, said it would tender for the Auckland warrant but was not sure whether it would also go for the Manukau role.

"We haven't determined a position on that and it's something we'll seriously consider; it's something they'll take seriously because it takes that work seriously."

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