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  • Court downscaling under way

    Court downscaling under way


    For the first time in more than 100 years the Dargaville Court house doors are closed to the public during a normal work day. As of yesterday the Dargaville District Court became a "hearings only" court and the Dargaville registry office will now be in the Whangarei District Court. As part of a six-month trial Whangarei staff will be available in Dargaville one day per week, starting tomorrow for registry duties. Dargaville is one of nine courts nationwide to be downscaled, as...
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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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  • Gerry Brownlee questioned over allegations of fraud and corruption

    Gerry Brownlee questioned over allegations of fraud and corruption

    Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has been questioned in Parliament over allegations of fraud and corruption involving Canterbury earthquake rebuild contracts.The Serious Fraud Office has started a formal investigation involving several transactions with an unnamed insurance company, Radio New Zealand reported. The SFO also warned the scale of fraud could run to a billion dollars.Mr Brownlee confirmed he had received allegations of fraud and "these have been directed to relevant ag...
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  • DISCRETION TRUMPS SOCIAL SECURITY LAW

    DISCRETION TRUMPS SOCIAL SECURITY LAW

    High Court Justice Geoffrey Venning is a slight of hand master at the art of distraction and legal subterfuge. His Honour's rulings - where they are allowed to become public - can be instructional masterpieces of creative writing which bring fiction to life.

    Arise the case of Thompson v The Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development from the murky world according to Venning J. Until the plaintiff objected to the Judge's suppression order in his judgment dismissing...
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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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  • Fathers suffer under old Family Court rules

    Fathers suffer under old Family Court rules



    Planned reforms to the Family Court need to focus on the right issues, argues men's rights advocate Craig Jackson.

    Powerful women's domestic violence lobby groups have already spoken out strongly about changes to the domestic violence legislation which are part and parcel of a number of other far-reaching changes to our Family Court. These include the intended repeal of clause 60, a repeal many would welcome as it is repugnant to natural justice. At present,...
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  • Police inquiry proposals shelved

    Police inquiry proposals shelved

    Work on implementing one of the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into Police Conduct has been quietly shelved because of a lack of resources. The commission, headed by Dame Margaret Bazley, was set up in 2004 in response to allegations by Louise Nicholas of police rape and coverup. Its report was published in 2007, making 60 recommendations, including a revamped code of conduct and the recruitment of more women. twelve recommendations were also made regarding the Independent Polic...
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  • John Dickson's 17-year fight for justice

    John Dickson's 17-year fight for justice

    The Commerce Commission is sticking to its position over a case retiring speaker Lockwood Smith cited among his biggest career failures in his final speech to Parliament last week. "Another failure I'm less proud of, though, was my failure to successfully help a former constituent with a grievance with the Commerce Commission, despite a 17-year battle on his behalf." Smith was referring to the case of Northland stock and station agent John Dickson who lost his business after the Comm...
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  • 'Silenced' claim by men's rights lobby

    'Silenced' claim by men's rights lobby

    Men's rights campaigners claim they've been silenced by a government select committee reviewing controversial planned changes to the Family Court. Wellington psychologist Craig Jackson said he was told to cut part of his submission or he wouldn't be heard; another campaigner, Adam Cowie, appears to have been excluded entirely. Jackson and Cowie are among 350 submitters on the bill, but Justice and Electoral Reform committee chairman Scott Simpson says he hasn't gagged anyone, but has t...
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  • Help for wrongly convicted

    Help for wrongly convicted

    A leading forensic scientist is launching a charity for people who have been wrongly convicted. Dr Anna Sandiford, an expert defence adviser at the 2009 acquittal of murder accused David Bain, has held initial talks with well-placed supporters such as lawyers, legal academics and professional investigators. Auckland-based Sandiford said that she plans to launch the organisation this year, fearing outdated legal processes and cuts in legal aid funding are leading to a rising number of wrongful impr...
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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, 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...
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