The Supreme Court will sit in Wellington. It will make use of the historic Wellington High Court building, located near Parliament, although the court will be housed in temporary facilities while this building is refurbished.
The inaugural judges will be:
The creation of the Supreme Court has been controversial. The Supreme Court Act was passed by a relatively small margin - the governing Labour and Progressive parties, along with the Greens, voted in favour, while the National, New Zealand First, ACT, and United Future parties voted against. Opposition parties unsuccessfully called for a national referendum on the matter.
One issue that was particularly contentious was the appointment of judges, with opposition parties claiming that the Attorney-General, Labour's Margaret Wilson, would make partisan choices. These concerns were lessened somewhat when Wilson decided to appoint judges based on seniority.