The Crown Solicitor who prosecuted some of Auckland's most notable cases has been appointed a High Court judge.
Simon Moore, QC, has held the Crown Solicitor's warrant for the past 20 years and led the prosecution in such trials as the Taito Phillip Field case and the Kahui case.
Mr Moore also prosecuted 12 men in the Pitcairn Islands for historical sexual offending and samurai sword murderer Antonie Dixon.
Mr Moore will sit in the High Court in Auckland.
Crown Law will now have to appoint a partner at Meredith Connell to act as interim Crown Solicitor in Auckland.
Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson said Crown Law will continue with a previously planned review of the Auckland warrant, which is expected to take months.