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  • John Banks faces court over mayoral donations

    John Banks faces court over mayoral donations

    Act Party leader John Banks will be summonsed to court to face a private prosecution over his failure to record donations to his mayoralty campaign.Judge Ian Mill, in a decision released today, said there was sufficient evidence to call Mr Banks before the court. "Access to the courts for the purposes of private prosecutions is an important safeguard against the abuses of the executive's prosecutorial discretion ..." Judge Mill said.The private prosecution has been brought by retired Wel...
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  • 'Bad judges' website draws flak

    'Bad judges' website draws flak

    The Sensible Sentencing Trust plans an assault on the judiciary with a website designed to "out bad judges". The victims' advocacy group says it will launch the website this month but has already set its sights on two judges involved in bail decisions over which it has raised concerns. The fresh online assault on judges has brought disapproval from government ministers, with Justice Minister Judith Collins and Attorney-General Chris Finlayson speaking against it. The judiciary have also expressed dis...
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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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  • Warning system saves court time

    Warning system saves court time

    Crime rates have dropped to their lowest level for 24 years - but police are not solving any more of their cases. Instead, they say they are focusing on preventing major crimes, rather than resolving minor ones. The drop in crime figures across the board come at the same time as courts statistics show a 14 per cent fall in new cases entering the justice system's busiest jurisdiction - District Court cases dealt with by judges sitting alone. The drop is primarily a result of the police ...
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  • JUDGES RUNNING WITH SCISSORS

    JUDGES RUNNING WITH SCISSORS



    We are entering a new era in New Zealand where Parliament is being conditioned to ask our judges for permission. Conspiracy? Yes. As one comedian put it, "the only time I commit to conspiracy theories is when something way retarded happens - like Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone."
    We know New Zealand has the most diverse and independent group of wealthy white judges in the world. So it cannot be a conspiracy when all of them sign up to lobby Parliament against making legis...
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  • WATCHDOG NIPS LOBBYING JUDGES

    WATCHDOG NIPS LOBBYING JUDGES

    Judges thorn and kiwisfirst.co.nz publisher Vince Siemer has filed a complaint with the Office of the Judicial Conduct Commissioner against eight top judges for lobbying the Justice and Electoral Select Committee of Parliament to prevent passage of the Register of Pecuniary Interests of Judges Bill. It is alleged the judges violated the Guidelines for Judicial Conduct which state it is “inappropriate” for judges to lobby Parliament, as well as in conflict with the Ministry of Justice’s p
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  • Another legal battle for Feltex shareholders

    Another legal battle for Feltex shareholders



    Former Feltex shareholders have yet another legal hurdle to clear after the Supreme Court yesterday granted the former seller of shares in the failed carpetmaker leave to appeal a Court of Appeal decision.

    Former Feltex shareholder Eric Houghton, together with 3000 other shareholders bought shares in Feltex in a public offering in 2004.
    The carpetmaker collapsed less than two years later, and shareholders lost their investments.
    They are suing the former directors,...
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  • Secret report unveils extensive illegal spying

    Secret report unveils extensive illegal spying

    Revelations that the secretive Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) may have spied on 85 New Zealanders illegally have been labelled "disturbing". Labour MP Grant Robertson said the revelations, contained in a report ordered in the wake of the Dotcom spying fiasco, threw fresh pressure on Prime Minister John Key to order an immediate independent inquiry. "We need a full overhaul and overview of all our security agencies because that report indicates there are some serious ...
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  • Solicitor General meets with protesters

    Solicitor General meets with protesters

    On Sunday, a small group of around 15 justice protesters concerned about access to justice and judicial accountability staged a peaceful hour long protest outside the Auckland home of New Zealand's Solicitor General, Michael Heron QC. Mr Heron heard several individual complaints from those present who claimed that the Crown Law Office had failed to properly represent their interests and several others were concerned about Judges lobbying parliament over changes to Family Court proceedings and a...
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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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  • 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...
    11-11-2016, 11:47 AM
  • 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, 10:07 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, 01:44 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, 09:40 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, 11:35 AM
  • 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...
    22-07-2016, 01:05 PM
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