David Harvey


David Harvey (LLB; MJur; PhD) is a retired District Court Judge. He sat full time from
1989  2016 and with an Acting Warrant from April 2018 – December 2021.
From 2016 – 2018 he was Director of the New Zealand Centre for ICT Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Auckland and worked with the Manukau office of the Public Defence Service mentoring and supervising junior lawyers. Prior to his appointment to the Bench he practised as a barrister and solicitor in litigation for 18 years.

He taught Law and Information Technology, an undergraduate paper, for 18 years and has written the leading text on Internet Law in New Zealand “internet.law.nz – Selected Issues” published by LexisNexis and now in its 5th edition. His PhD dissertation was published by Hart Publishing in Oxford as “The Law Emprynted and Englysshed: The printing press as an agent of change in law and legal culture 1475 – 1642”.

In March of 2017 he published “Collisions in the Digital Paradigm: Law and Rule Making in the Internet Age”. He is co-authored a text with Rosemary Tobin on Media Law. He has also written a book on Tolkien’s mythology entitled “The Song of Middle Earth: J R R Tolkien’s Themes Symbols and Myths” which was re-released by Harper Collins in 2016.

He has written numerous journal articles and has presented at conferences in New Zealand and internationally on Law and Technology issues and wrote the New Zealand section of “The International Handbook of Social Media Laws” edited by Paul Lambert and published by Bloomsbury Professional in 2014.

He has been involved in a number of Judicial Education programmes particularly in the area of cybercrime, evidence and the judiciary and the media. He has also presented at Judicial Orientation programmes on the judiciary and media issues.

He has been closely involved with judicial use of technology since 1990 and advised and consulted in this area throughout his judicial career. Prior to ascending the Bench he played a significant part in the introduction of technology to the law firm of which he was a partner.

He is married with 2 adult children – one a teacher, the other a lawyer.