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  • Barrister volunteers to take on John Banks prosecution

    Barrister volunteers to take on John Banks prosecution



    A barrister has volunteered to appear on behalf of private prosecutor Graham McCready in a judicial review of John Banks' committal for trial.

    Auckland barrister Michael Lloyd has offered to represent Mr McCready at no cost, should Crown Law decide not to take over the prosecution. Mr McCready had earlier put out a public request for donations to help cover the cost of engaging a lawyer for the review.
    He said a lawyer needed to be ready to respond as soon
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  • Watchdog sues Court of Appeal Registrar

    Watchdog sues Court of Appeal Registrar

    Investigative court blogger Vince Siemer has filed a civil claim against Court of Appeal Registrar Clare O’Brien for unlawfully preventing filing of appeals to that Court. The alleged abuses concern Siemer’s appeals but he says he has become aware of three unrelated appellants who experienced similar conduct by Ms O’Brien this year.

    The High Court claim alleges Ms O’Brien is making judicial determinations not provided by law in dismissing applications and rejecting filings of...
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  • Police pay compensation after tussle with farmer

    Police pay compensation after tussle with farmer

    Police have agreed to pay a Southland farmer $14,000 in damages and costs after armed officers entered his property without permission and, in a resulting tussle, pepper-sprayed him, punched him in the face and Tasered him while he was handcuffed.
    Court and police documents say three constables, from Invercargill and Bluff, arrived at the Greenhills farm of Corey Vreugdenhil on March 18 last year to investigate a complaint of intimidation laid by his neighbour, Les Cooper. The two men...
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  • Top cop discharged without conviction

    Top cop discharged without conviction

    A judge was heckled as he handed a police inspector who assaulted two teenagers a discharge without conviction today.The unknown man shouted from the public gallery that the decision was an "absolute scandal'' as Manurewa area commander Richard Wilkie, 51, was told of his sentence at Auckland District Court this morning. He pleaded guilty in July to two charges of assault during an off-duty incident, after discovering his 14-year-old daughter drinking with other teenagers in Bucklands Beach, ...
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  • Police stranglehold on justice

    Police stranglehold on justice

    Seven years ago, a drunk driver ploughed into a car containing sisters Sania and Danielle King. Seven-year-old Sania was killed; Danielle, 9, survived.It is hardly surprising that the girls' grieving parents, Neville and Veena King, have been protective of Danielle ever since. So when she came home this year with injuries allegedly sustained at the hands of police, it cut deep. The Hamilton family claim Danielle, now 16, was "thrown around like a rag doll" by officers trying to break up an o...
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  • Mother 'shell-shocked' after acquittal

    Mother 'shell-shocked' after acquittal


    The mother of a security guard who died on his first night on the job is"shell-shocked"after the man accused of his murder wasfound not guilty. She feels the New Zealand judicial system hasfailed her son.

    The27-year-old accused, whose name has been suppressed, was acquitted inthe High Court in Auckland this afternoon for the murder ofCharanpreet Dhaliwal in November 2011.The accused was found guilty ofassaulting another person, Viki Alo, on the same night and wassentenced...
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  • Down on the Law Society Farm

    Down on the Law Society Farm

    The fox was put in charge of the hen house as the Law Society’s prosecution played out this week against Auckland Human Rights Barrister Evgeny Orlov in an Auckland District Court room. The Tribunal panel is expected to strike Orlov off for making ‘scandalous’ complaints against then-High Court (and current Court of Appeal) Judge Rhys Harrison However, nothing was to be left to chance after legal blogger Stephen Franks recently criticised the inordinate time and expense of the 6 year prosecuti...
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  • Dotcom summoned to give evidence against John Banks

    Dotcom summoned to give evidence against John Banks


    Judge Edwin Paul of the Auckland District Court has made an Oral Evidence Order requiring Kim Dotcom. body guard Wayne Temparo,lawyer Gregory Towers and the CEO of Sky Tower Casino Nigel Morrison, to appear before the Auckland District Court at to give evidence against the Honorable John Banks.

    The next hearing date on 16 September will set a timetable for the proceedings to establish whether or not there is prima facie evidence that Mr Banks knowingly filed a false Local
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  • Court of Appeal Judge Accused of Creating Fiction

    Court of Appeal Judge Accused of Creating Fiction

    The judge at the heart of a Law Society tribunal case this week has another antagonist tugging at his robe. Barrister Evgeny Orlov went on trial in Auckland this week for comments he has made about Justice Rhys Harrison for handing over a child to a known paedophile and alleged slights against foreign born New Zealanders. Last week legal blogger Vince Siemer filed two affidavits with the Supreme Court in support of applications to appeal separate rulings Harrison J made on allegedly non-ex...
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  • Lawyer Lynching Labelled Show Trial

    Lawyer Lynching Labelled Show Trial



    Political oppression against those who exercise their freedom to express critical views of judges is set to play out in an Auckland District Courtroom on 2 September 2013, where the New Zealand Law Society is seeking to have human rights barrister Evgeny Orlov debarred for privately criticising Court of Appeal Judge Rhys Harrison.

    The prosecution has been on foot for five years, has cost Society members over $200,000 and is largely unknown to the public despite


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  • Judge Goddard refuses to answer MPs' questions
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    The former New Zealand judge who headed a UK inquiry into child sexual abuse has said she will not appear before British MPs to answer questions about her time in charge. Dame Lowell Goddard said for her to be summoned would compromise the inquiry's "independence and integrity". She also hit out at "malicious, defamatory attacks" by the British media and said she was disappointed the government had not defended her. British MPs have asked the former head of the child sex abuse inquiry to expl...
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  • Judge Lowell Goddard's epic fail
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    Dame Lowell Goddard, the New Zealand judge who resigned last week as chair of the £100 million (N$183.5m) Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), did not leave her post voluntarily but was effectively fired. Dame Lowell, appointed by then-Home Secretary Theresa May just over a year ago, had already lost the confidence of senior staff and members of the inquiry panel, according to two well-placed legal sources. The Home Office has denied she was sacked, according to reports. After she ...
    09-08-2016, 11:07 AM
  • Sir Ngatata Love's lawyer claims agreement had no impact on Trust
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    Sir Ngatata Love's lawyer Colin Carruthers QC says the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) theory against his client is wrong, with a key agreement placing no financial cost on the Wellington Tenths Trust. The former leading Treaty of Waitangi negotiator and academic is on trial in the High Court at Wellington, accused of obtaining funds by deception, or alternatively of obtaining a secret commission.The charges relate to allegations that Love showed favour to Auckland property developer Redwood, and ...
    05-08-2016, 02:44 PM
  • Transport boss pleads guilty to corruption charges
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    The Serious Fraud Office says the guilty plea yesterday by an Auckland Council manager to corruption charges shows the dangers in not questioning a culture of gratuities. Barrie Kenneth James George, 69, this morning at the High Court at Auckland pleaded guilty to two charges of accepting bribes as a public official when he took gifts worth $103,580 between 2005 and 2012. The gifts included cash, and lavish overseas holidays for George and his family. SFO Director, Julie Read welcomed the guilty plea...
    04-08-2016, 10:40 AM
  • Identities of corrupt JP's stay secret
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    The identities of Justices of the Peace disciplined for incompetence, making false allegations or misusing their title for personal gain are being kept secret by the Ministry of Justice.In the case of the above JP Denis Selwyn Callesen of Keri Keri, the Crown Law Office even halted a private prosecution against Mr Callessen after evidence emerged that Mr Callessen and his former secretary Robin Morris had perverted the course of justice.

    The Ministry believes the privacy of...
    23-07-2016, 12:35 PM
  • Government funded escape artist Philip Smith found guilty
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    The murderer who embarrassed New Zealand law and border authorities by flying to Brazil while on temporary release from prison has been convicted for the audacious escape. Charges of escaping lawful custody and making a false statement to renew a passport have been added to Phillip John Smith's lengthy criminal record, along with murder, child sex abuse, kidnapping, tax fraud and arson. In an unusual legal procedure, a jury was chosen at the Auckland District Court today and the judge immedia...
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