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  • Judges lobby against law change

    Judges lobby against law change



    A Christchurch judge has spoken out against planned changes to the Family Court system, saying it will hurt children caught in custody disputes and lead to more courtroom violence. In a rare move, Judge Robert Murfitt appeared before a Parliamentary select committee last week on behalf of himself and the other six Christchurch family court judges. Judge Murfitt told the committee; “We appreciate that this is a matter of importance to all New Zealander's, so we've ma
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  • Peter Dallison struck off roll of barristers

    Peter Dallison struck off roll of barristers

    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered that Peter Robert Dallison be struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors. This follows Mr Dallison’s admission of a charge of serious misconduct under the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 which was brought by the Nelson Standards Committee of the New Zealand Law Society. The Law Society took action against Mr Dallison after he acted for clients who wished to purchase a property in Auckland. He did not provide the...
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  • NZ Bill of Rights Act a sham

    NZ Bill of Rights Act a sham

    The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 may state Crown agents are accountability to the law and held to account in the Crown courts just like everyone else, but this statute exists today merely as perception. The case of Clayton v Currie, currently playing out in the Christchurch High Court, not only bears this out; the Crown judge is using it to send a two-pronged message to New Zealand lawyers to "sue Crown agents at your personal peril". Vince Clayton and Linda Westbury are suing Crown...
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  • Police complaints going more public

    Police complaints going more public

    The Independent Police Conduct Authority has announced it will make more of its findings public. This comes only weeks after it kept secret its report into the death of murder suspect Tim Parlane. Sir David Carruthers, who took over as chairman of the authority last July, told the Law and Order Select Committee this morning he had recently received a legal opinion from a senior lawyer that would allow more of the findings to be made public. In 2011-2012 the authority investiga...
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  • Dirty Cop's name supressed

    Dirty Cop's name supressed

    A Christchurch policeman has admitted stealing $2750 in cash that he received from people before ending prosecutions against them. The man has now left the police force. The 63-year-old has interim name suppression, which also prevents the exact nature of his work being reported. He was due for jury trial in the Christchurch District Court starting on Monday but instead he has admitted one representative charge of theft by a person in a special relationship. The charge lists...
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  • Economic crime costs NZ billions each year

    Economic crime costs NZ billions each year

    White collar frauds and economic crime costs the country billions of dollars each year, government officials have concluded. Minister for the Serious Fraud Office Anne Tolley said many Ministries had been working for two years on a "Cost of Economic Crime" report that was due to be presented to cabinet soon. Tolley, speaking at the inaugural Economic Crime Action Network meeting in Auckland yesterday, said: "Economic crime can range from pro forma invoicing schemes that drain the resourc...
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  • 'Travesty of justice' no comfort for family

    'Travesty of justice' no comfort for family

    The grieving mother of slain Kapiti teen Izak Wikaira Millanta has lashed out at the justice system, which she says gives killers more rights than their victims. Christine Wikaira said she believed two men attacked her son, not one, and her family's efforts to reveal the truth had been blocked by police and coroner services. She also expressed concern about the rights of a victim's family to a lawyer and legal aid. "Through this investigation we have realised that the truth does no...
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  • Police spy sues former masters

    Police spy sues former masters

    A former police informant wants $500,000 in compensation from them after developing problems as a result of a decade of passing on the secrets of protest groups.



    Rob Gilchrist spent about 10 years spying on Greenpeace, anti-Iraq war groups, environmental and beneficiary rights groups, but was exposed in 2008 when his girlfriend, animal rights and Labour activist Rochelle Rees, found his police emails when he asked her to fix his computer. Mr Gilchrist, now in his mid-40...
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  • Claim on deposit shocks couple

    Claim on deposit shocks couple

    A Wellington couple are infuriated and shocked the second receiver of the failed kitchen supplier Kitchen House is looking to claim customer deposits worth $177,876 for the former owners of the firm. Andy Morse and partner Rowan White paid a 20 per cent deposit on a $13,000 kitchen in October 2011 to the Kitchen House as part of renovation project on their Brooklyn home. However, the six-store chain, run by CGKH Ltd, collapsed not long after and was placed in receivership. The s...
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  • Sex offender bailed by Judge Raoul Neave flees to OZ

    Sex offender bailed by Judge Raoul Neave flees to OZ

    A man with an "appalling" list of convictions has cut off his electronic bracelet and fled to Australia before he could face trial on sex charges.The 42-year-old was due to go on trial in Greymouth this week but police told the judge they believed he was now in Sydney. They were trying to find him, but the trial had to be aborted on Monday. Last night, police were unable to say how the man could have left New Zealand, and the Sensible Sentencing Trust decried the decision to grant him bail in th...
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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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