The New Zealander who recently became the first woman in the world to become a judge in the High Court for the High Courts of Justice is the first female judge in New Zealand to hold a high court seat.
But despite being the first to be appointed to the High Council, her decision to be a judge has also raised eyebrows, given that she is the only woman on the Council.
The decision was a big win for the New Zealand Civil Liberties Union, which had challenged the Council’s decision to appoint her as a judge.
And while the decision has been praised by civil liberties groups and commentators, the decision itself has provoked a backlash.
In a statement, the Council defended the appointment of the female judge, saying that women had been chosen as judges in New Zealands courts for more than two decades.
“New Zealand is home to some of the most advanced technology in the nation, and New Zealanders are the only population in the Western world that have had access to this level of technological advancement for over 50 years,” the Council said in a statement.
“While there have been many outstanding women judges over the years, we chose this woman because of her unique contribution to the justice system and her commitment to fairness.”
While the decision of the High Commission to appoint the judge has raised questions about gender inequality in the justice process, it has also led to criticism of the Council itself, with critics questioning how it managed to select such a qualified candidate in the first place.
And there is one woman who is not happy with the Council for appointing her as its first female justice: Ms Kaili Taylor.
Ms Taylor, who was appointed as the new High Council’s Chief Executive last year, has said she will not be joining the council in its new role as the first black woman to be the chief executive.
She has also argued that the Council had a double standard in selecting Ms Taylor for the role, with the former Supreme Court of New Zealand judge getting the job after all, while the former deputy commissioner for the Crown was appointed to it only after the previous female judge had left.
The Council has defended the decision by saying that Ms Taylor had been a judge for over 40 years, and had a reputation for being impartial.
Ms Kailis decision to become the first Black female justice to be confirmed as High Council chief executive has been hailed by some.
The New Zealand Herald reported that Ms Kasey Taylor had “a long career as a magistrate, judge and judge advocate, serving as a High Court judge in several countries and a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council for many years.”
However, Ms Taylor also has a history of defending the Council against criticism from civil liberties advocates, with her legal team arguing that she has an “outstanding record” in representing the rights of victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
“She is a highly respected lawyer with a well-developed track record of challenging discriminatory practices in New South Welsh, New Zealand, and elsewhere, including against victims of violence and abuse,” the council said.
“Ms Kaseya is a strong advocate for the rights and wellbeing of all New Zealand women, regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity or gender identity.”