Michael Myers (judge)

Sir Michael Myers GCMG KC (7 September 1873 – 8 April 1950) was the sixth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Zealand from 1929 to 1946 and served occasionally as Administrator of New Zealand from 1930 to 1941. He was the first person of Jewish descent to hold this position. He sat on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in 1936.[1]

Sir Michael Myers

6th Chief Justice of New Zealand
In office
3 May 1929  7 August 1946
Nominated byJoseph Ward
Appointed bySir Charles Fergusson
Preceded byCharles Skerrett
Succeeded byHumphrey O'Leary
Personal details
Born7 September 1873
Motueka, New Zealand
Died8 April 1950 (aged 76)
Wellington, New Zealand
Estelle Miriam Salom (m. 1899)

Born in Motueka, Myers was educated at Thorndon School and Wellington College, and gained his LL B from Canterbury College in 1897. Afterwards he was admitted to the Inner Temple.[1]

Myers went to the 1945 San Francisco conference that produced the United Nations, and participated in the drafting of the constitution of the International Court of Justice. He resigned on 6 September 1945, but was reappointed for one year, and then resigned on 7 August 1946. Myers died in Wellington in 1950, aged 76. He had been made King's Counsel in 1922, KCMG in 1930, and GCMG in 1937.[1]


On 2 August 1899 he married Estelle Miriam Salom (24 February 1876 – 11 May 1960), daughter of Maurice Salom, MLC of Adelaide, South Australia. There were two sons: Maurice Salom Myers (1900–1986) and Geoffrey Alexander Myers (1908–2002). Myer's sister Phoebe Myers was a notable educationalist, who represented New Zealand at the League of Nations in 1929.[2]


  1. Spiller, Peter. "Myers, Michael". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  2. Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Myers, Phoebe". teara.govt.nz. Retrieved 28 August 2019.

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