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  • Judge Goddard Shipped to United Kingdom for Inquiry

    Judge Goddard Shipped to United Kingdom for Inquiry

    Official comments from the United Kingdom lauding the appointment of New Zealand High Court Justice Lowell Goddard to head an Inquiry into broad child sexual abuse have legal doyens in New Zealand privately scratching their heads. Goddard J scored dead last in the 2014 poll of New Zealand judges last year, with many lawyers extremely critical of Lowell’s opportunistic public stances, liberties with the truth and contrarian judgments. But let us not be burdened by the empirical truth when we sho...
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  • TRANSPARENCY IN NEW ZEALAND

    TRANSPARENCY IN NEW ZEALAND


    Transparency International New Zealand posted a news story on Voxy yesterday stating its "emergent overall findings" into its "National Integrity Systems review" "found that high standards of independence, integrity and accountability were generally met, although areas for improvements were noted. New Zealand also scores highly for fiscal transparency." The story states a further report will be provided in July, with the full report concluding August 27th. The public are invited...
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  • Judges push Parliament to protect them

    Judges push Parliament to protect them

    New Zealand Judges have ganged up to push Parliament into considering legislation which gives them greater privacy, stating criticism of judges - what they called "unwarranted and improper attack" - is increasing on internet sites; adding complaints to the Judicial Conduct Commissioner, while "appropriate in principle", are frequently being used "essentially to harass judges". Eight judges, including the Chief Justice and Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, expressly endorsed the submissions t...
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  • Shake up for judges mooted

    Shake up for judges mooted

    Judges are facing the biggest overhaul of accountability in decades, with the Cabinet considering legal changes that would compel the judiciary to publish annual reports, bring transparency to judicial appointments and attempt to stem criticism washing up against the bench. The changes being considered by ministers today will see the 115-year-old Judicature Act updated to modernise a branch of state that has come under fire from some.

    A Herald-DigiPoll survey has found 53 per cent...
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  • Attack by Family Court judges force Government backdown

    Attack by Family Court judges force Government backdown

    The Government has backed down from radical Family Court changes which would have banned lawyers from acting in the early stages of disputes over the care of children. The proposed changes, designed to save $15 million a year, have been slammed as "unsafe" in an outspoken submission by Family Court judges. Principal Family Court Judge Laurence Ryan, on behalf of the full Family Court Bench, said a proposal to ban lawyers until the final stages of parental disputes would drive parents into more...
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  • Litigants without lawyers biggest problem facing the Family Court

    Litigants without lawyers biggest problem facing the Family Court


    Current proposals with the select committee considering the Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill include a compulsory $900 family dispute service, axing counselling sessions and restricting access to legal representation for parents and children. Judge Laurence Ryan is the new principal Family court Judge and he is concerned about changes to legal aid - meaning dozens more litigants without lawyers .
    Ryan was appointed to the bench in 1996 - he has a strong interest in case ...
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  • COURT PRACTICE CHALLENGE TO U.N.

    COURT PRACTICE CHALLENGE TO U.N.

    The practice of denying plaintiffs court access in New Zealand based upon (lack of) property saw a formal complaint made to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva...
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  • High Court judge accused of deception

    High Court judge accused of deception

    High Court Judge Geoffrey Venning has been accused of deception by not disclosing his shareholding in Takahopa Forest Trust. A judicial review of the Judicial Conduct Commissioner’s decision not to call on the government to investigate Justice Venning’s conduct will conclude today in the High Court at Wellington High before Justice Lowell Goddard.

    Judicial Conduct Commissioner Sir David Gascoigne ruled there was no evidence to indicate that Justice Venning’s had acted appropriately.Garry...
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  • PRURIENT APOLOGIST?

    PRURIENT APOLOGIST?

    If civilisation is the progress toward a society of privacy, the New Zealand judiciary has no doubt reached its zenith. This was again confirmed this week when Attorney General Chris Finlayson (picutred) declared taxpayer-funded sojourns for the partners of our 206 judges is nobody's business. Weighing in on the Judiciary playing toad with a Dominion Post request for how much the citizenry were financially supporting judges' spouses, Finlayson said through his publicist, ...
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  • Sceptics target judge's forest

    Sceptics target judge's forest

    Climate change sceptics who lost a High Court case against the Government-owned National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) are demanding the trial judge tell them whether he owns a forest. The New Zealand Climate Science Coalition has formed an unlikely alliance with the losers of an infamous tax-dodging trial to question whether Justice Geoffrey Venning's possible interests in forestry may have affected their cases. The coalition, which doesn't believe humans cause climate ...
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  • Judge Goddard Shipped to United Kingdom for Inquiry
    by courtwatcher
    Official comments from the United Kingdom lauding the appointment of New Zealand High Court Justice Lowell Goddard to head an Inquiry into broad child sexual abuse have legal doyens in New Zealand privately scratching their heads. Goddard J scored dead last in the 2014 poll of New Zealand judges last year, with many lawyers extremely critical of Lowell’s opportunistic public stances, liberties with the truth and contrarian judgments. But let us not be burdened by the empirical truth when we sho...
    05-02-2015, 12:27 PM
  • TRANSPARENCY IN NEW ZEALAND
    by admin

    Transparency International New Zealand posted a news story on Voxy yesterday stating its "emergent overall findings" into its "National Integrity Systems review" "found that high standards of independence, integrity and accountability were generally met, although areas for improvements were noted. New Zealand also scores highly for fiscal transparency." The story states a further report will be provided in July, with the full report concluding August 27th. The public are invited...
    14-05-2013, 02:50 PM
  • Judges push Parliament to protect them
    by admin
    New Zealand Judges have ganged up to push Parliament into considering legislation which gives them greater privacy, stating criticism of judges - what they called "unwarranted and improper attack" - is increasing on internet sites; adding complaints to the Judicial Conduct Commissioner, while "appropriate in principle", are frequently being used "essentially to harass judges". Eight judges, including the Chief Justice and Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, expressly endorsed the submissions t...
    25-04-2013, 11:14 AM
  • Shake up for judges mooted
    by admin
    Judges are facing the biggest overhaul of accountability in decades, with the Cabinet considering legal changes that would compel the judiciary to publish annual reports, bring transparency to judicial appointments and attempt to stem criticism washing up against the bench. The changes being considered by ministers today will see the 115-year-old Judicature Act updated to modernise a branch of state that has come under fire from some.

    A Herald-DigiPoll survey has found 53 per cent...
    15-04-2013, 10:07 AM
  • Attack by Family Court judges force Government backdown
    by admin
    The Government has backed down from radical Family Court changes which would have banned lawyers from acting in the early stages of disputes over the care of children. The proposed changes, designed to save $15 million a year, have been slammed as "unsafe" in an outspoken submission by Family Court judges. Principal Family Court Judge Laurence Ryan, on behalf of the full Family Court Bench, said a proposal to ban lawyers until the final stages of parental disputes would drive parents into more...
    07-04-2013, 10:10 AM
  • Litigants without lawyers biggest problem facing the Family Court
    by admin

    Current proposals with the select committee considering the Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill include a compulsory $900 family dispute service, axing counselling sessions and restricting access to legal representation for parents and children. Judge Laurence Ryan is the new principal Family court Judge and he is concerned about changes to legal aid - meaning dozens more litigants without lawyers .
    Ryan was appointed to the bench in 1996 - he has a strong interest in case ...
    25-03-2013, 08:07 PM
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