Richard Wild (judge)

The Right Honourable
Sir Richard Wild
9th Chief Justice of New Zealand
In office
18 January 1966  20 January 1978
Nominated by Keith Holyoake
Appointed by Sir Bernard Fergusson
Preceded by Harold Barrowclough
Succeeded by Ronald Davison
Personal details
Born (1912-09-20)20 September 1912
Blenheim, New Zealand
Died 22 May 1978(1978-05-22) (aged 65)
Wellington, New Zealand

Sir Herbert Richard Churton Wild GBE KCMG QC (20 September 1912 – 22 May 1978) was the ninth Chief Justice of New Zealand. Wild was born in Blenheim but attended Feilding Agricultural High School.

Chief Justice

He famously decided the case of Fitzgerald v Muldoon and Others in 1976.

Wild was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1977. He resigned as Chief Justice in early 1978. One of Sir Richard's sons, John Wild QC, has since been appointed a Justice of the New Zealand Court of Appeal.

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