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  • AUCKLAND COUNCIL LOSES $20,000 ON DOG FIGHT

    AUCKLAND COUNCIL LOSES $20,000 ON DOG FIGHT


    Common sense has gone to the dogs at the Auckland City Council after a dispute over $300 ticket turned into a $20,000 legal battle. The saga began when a summons was posted to Whangaparoa resident Jane Siemer following an anonymous complaint alleging her pet schnauzer had “charged a person” in early 2011. The Council prosecuted the fine but failed to notify Mrs Siemer of the court hearing which resulted her contesting the criminal charge and fine. A rehearing was ordered but...
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  • NEW ZEALAND COURT PRACTICE BRINGS U.N. COMPLAINT

    NEW ZEALAND COURT PRACTICE BRINGS U.N. COMPLAINT

    The practice of denying court access in New Zealand based upon (lack of) 'property' resulted three weeks ago in a formal complaint being made to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Switzerland. The 'security for costs' regime in New Zealand courts requires poor plaintiffs pay into court the expected legal costs of the defendants before a hearing will be allowed. Rich plaintiffs do not pay security. The court rules state security must be paid if the plaintiff cannot afford their adver...
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  • New Zealand a nation of cheats and thieves - survey

    New Zealand a nation of cheats and thieves - survey

    A large number of Kiwi adults have admitted to lying, cheating and stealing, figures in a new Colmar Brunton survey show. Of those surveyed, 81% of adult respondents admitted to cheating of some kind, including 36% cheating in a relationship and 22% at work. Comparative figures show that 92% of young people are self-confessed cheats. Colmar Brunton's Spencer Willis said that the survey also showed that not only are adults cheating on their partners, but they are lying to them too. Willis said that hal...
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  • A-G Finlayson Man of the Year

    A-G Finlayson Man of the Year

    On the heels of Attorney General Chris Finlayson being tagged New Zealand politician of the year by political newsletter Trans-Tasman, New Zealand legal blog kiwisfirst has named him 2012 Man of the Year. Mr Finlayson had an extraordinary year. His popularity within the bureaucracy and legal community eclipsed that of popular Prime Minister John Key. The blog claimed Mr Finlayson selected himself for Queen's Counsel appointment on 13 December for his "contributions as Attorney General". ...
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  • Cops on the wrong side of the law

    Cops on the wrong side of the law

    At least 67 police staff have been arrested in the past three years while serving on the force. Some of the charges include dealing LSD, assault, drink-driving and theft. The Police Association say even one arrest was too many. In the year to August, 10 police staff - sworn and non-sworn - had been arrested on charges including assault with a blunt instrument, theft of property under $500, theft of a motor vehicle and drink driving. The districts which led the criminal behaviour were Canterb...
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  • Public Trust refuses to act for estate

    Public Trust refuses to act for estate


    The Public Trust has advised that it wll not take over the administration of a Wellington estate unless the beneficiaries waive taking action against the previous trustees for financial irregularities and the alleged abuse of an enduring power of attorney. The dispute arose after the trustees spent over $250k of the trust fund taking one of the estates beneficiaries bankrupt over a $5k debt to the estate.


    The Public Trust had previously declined to take over administration...
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  • Jailed tax accountants to appeal

    Jailed tax accountants to appeal

    The two Wellington accountants who were last year handed the longest jail terms in a New Zealand tax case are appealing their convictions, claiming Inland Revenue trained their clients in evidence against them. David Ingram Rowley and Barrie James Skinner were last year jailed for eight and eight-and-a-half years respectively, after Justice Kos found them guilty on dozens of charges of fraud, tax evasion and attempting to pervert the course of justice. During sentencing Justice Kos also said the pai...
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  • Petty drug users fill jails

    Petty drug users fill jails

    Smoking cannabis is no worse than eating junk food or gambling, according to a new report by an independent panel of experts. The UK Drug Policy Commission, which has been researching drug use for six years, believes people who grow a small number of cannabis plants should be treated leniently. In New Zealand, hundreds of people are locked up for petty drug offences every year - many for crimes our top legal body says should not exist. Justice Ministry figures show a significant amount of court t...
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  • Court Of Injustice- circa 2001

    Court Of Injustice- circa 2001

    Court Of Injustice- circa 2001
    A growing mens movement men suggests the legal pendulum in the Family Court has swung too far against fathers who want an equal role in raising children after relationships go wrong. Has anything changed in the past decade? Lauren Quaintance was a North & South senior writer who published this article in June 2001 North & South- NOBODY AT LAW school ever told Rob the law could be unfair. He was destined to be a commercial lawyer in a small firm dealing with ...
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  • Doctor avoids wife-bashing conviction

    Doctor avoids wife-bashing conviction

    Dr Oliver Rose, the man who got off simply because he advised a judge that he intended becoming a highly paid ENT specialist, and where is the all important photograph of Dr Rose leaving the court? After-all who wants a wife basher removing their tonsils? An Auckland doctor hoping to be accepted into a programme to become a surgeon has escaped conviction for repeatedly assaulting his wife and threatening to kill her. Oliver Rose appeared in the Rotorua District Court on three charges of assaul...
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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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