Judge, youth principal chief justice, and Children’s Commissioner

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His Honour Judge Andrew Becroft was appointed a District Court Judge in 1996. In 2001, he became the Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand; a role that he held until 2016 when he was appointed the Children’s Commissioner. Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Judge Becroft graduated from Auckland University in 1981 with a BA/LLB (Honours) degree. He practised in Auckland with the firm Fortune Manning & Partners until 1986 when he then assisted with the establishment of the Mangere Community Law Centre and worked there until 1993. He then worked as a criminal barrister in South Auckland until his appointment to the District Court bench, sitting in Whanganui, from 1996. Judge Becroft is a former council member of the Auckland District Law Society and the New Zealand Law Society. He is an editor of LexisNexis “Transport Law”, the Patron of the New Zealand Speak Easy Association Inc., which assists those with various forms of speech impediment, Chair of the Board of the Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship (NZ) Inc, and Chair of the Wellington College Football Club