Douglas White was a Judge of the Court of Appeal from February 2012 until his retirement from the Court in September 2015. Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeal, he was a Judge of the High Court in Auckland from 2009. He was appointed a Judge of the Cook Islands’ Court of Appeal in 2016.
After graduating LLM with 1st class Honours from Victoria University of Wellington, he was for some 14 years a litigation partner in predecessor firms to Kensington Swan before moving to the independent bar in 1986 and being appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1988. During his 20 years at the senior bar, he had a wide-ranging civil practice and also conducted inquiries for the State Services Commissioner into the Defence Force and the Civil Aviation Authority and for the Prime Minister into matters relating to Te Whanau o Waipereira.
He was a legal assistant with the Law Commission in London from 1970-1971 and Pro-Chancellor and Chancellor of Victoria University from 1990-1999.
He was initially appointed as a Commissioner in February 2016 then appointed as President in May 2016.