April 07, 2015
Mick Brown always for the people
Judges and former ministers, taxi drivers and concrete contractors filled Auckland’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre today to celebrate the life of Judge Mick Brown, who died last Thursday at the age of 77.
He was eulogised by his great friend and former governor general Sir Anand Satyanand.
Another friend for almost 50 years, Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias, says even at law school he was larger than life as the foster child who’d made good despite a childhood brush with polio.
He was an extremely capable lawyer, taking on all comers in the Auckland courts.
"Mick was always for the people so he was always representing anyone who needed help because he loved people and when he became a judge I remember thinking 'this is a bit young, he's got a lot of other things to do,' but of course he was a pioneer as a judge and he was highly respected and he could tell it as it was, people would take it from him because of the background he’d had," Dame Sian says.
The work Mick Brown did as the first principal judge of the Youth Court laid a path that has been picked up by other jurisdictions around the world.
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