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  • Crown Law OK's Fake Court Orders

    Crown Law OK's Fake Court Orders

    The Crown Law Office has confirmed today that the Solicitor-General Michael Heron doesn't consider the falsification of Court orders to be a criminal offence.

    On behalf of Mr Heron, Senior Crown Solicitor Annabel Markham, was responding to a complaint made last week that sealed orders from the Court of Appeal had been altered to change the outcome of Court proceedings. Ms Markham acknowledged there were "discrepancies in the orders but nothing that would...
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  • NZ lawyer censured after assault charge

    NZ lawyer censured after assault charge

    A Thames former lawyer and police officer has been censured by the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal after being convicted on a charge of male assaults female (MAF).

    Dugal Matheson was first found guilty of the charge in the Hamilton District Court in 2013. The incident occurred in 2011, when Matheson still had a practising certificate.

    Matheson appealed to the High Court, and his appeal was dismissed on 3 June last year.
    A report released by the New...
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  • West Coast cops sue boss for slander

    West Coast cops sue boss for slander

    Three West Coast police officers have launched a defamation case after what their lawyer describes as a witch hunt..

    Inspector John Canning( above), Senior Sergeant Allyson Ealam, and Senior Sergeant Phillip Barker are placing their careers on the line with the case against Tasman District Commander Superintendent Karyn Malthus and the Attorney General.

    The trio have a combined 85 years worth of experience in the police force.

    "They're feeling pretty...
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  • Lawyer Investigated After Falsifying Court Orders

    Lawyer Investigated After Falsifying Court Orders

    Last week, a complaint was laid with the New Zealand law Society & Serious Fraud Office that Wellington lawyer Roger Chapman deliberately provided the Court of Appeal with orders for sealing which did not reflect the actual orders made by the court.

    This taints the most important aspect of any litigation, which is not the pleadings or the witness statements or the trial - its the orders made by the court, which were altered to manipulate the outcome of the proceedings, resulting in a fraud

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  • Abuse of old people an epidemic in NZ

    Abuse of old people an epidemic in NZ

    Elder abuse is rife in New Zealand society and half of all instances seen by Age Concern involve financial abuse. As many as one in 10 older people may be victims of financial elder abuse, research suggests.
    Monday marked the beginning of the 10th annual Elder Abuse Awareness Week. It's a shock to discover how little humanity some Kiwis have when it comes to the older generation.
    "We consider it unacceptable to hit our children and we also need to consider it unacceptable to abuse our...
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  • Evidence vetoed by judge in Cissy Chen murder case may prompt appeal

    Evidence vetoed by judge in Cissy Chen murder case may prompt appeal

    An appeal may be launched in the Cissy Chen murder case after disturbing evidence was ruled inadmissible by the judge. The Crown Law Office may be asked to decide whether an appeal should be lodged after Ms Chen's partner of eight years, Jack Liu, was found not guilty of her murder yesterday after a lengthy trial.

    Trial Judge, Justice Sarah Katz, ruled testimony of the dead woman's friend was inadmissible because of the risk "that its admission will have an unfairly prejudicial...
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  • Public Interest Project takes aim at injustices

    Public Interest Project takes aim at injustices

    Michael October's murder and rape conviction could be the first case challenged by a high-powered team formed to investigate suspected miscarriages of justice in New Zealand. A Charitable trust, The New Zealand Public Interest Project, (NZPIP) will launch on June 1. Its panel will investigate potential injustices. The conviction of Michael October, who spent 11 years in jail for the 1994 rape and murder of 22-year-old Christchurch woman Anne-Maree Ellens, is among four high-profile criminal cases in...
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  • Suspect Practices at New Zealand Supreme Court Raise Concerns

    Suspect Practices at New Zealand Supreme Court Raise Concerns

    Inaccurate and incomplete public recordkeeping at the New Zealand Supreme Court is going unchallenged and unreported according to a new report on kiwisfirst.

    Most Kiwis are unaware the New Zealand Supreme Court does not record some judgments and does not allow public access to filings and submissions in appeals where the Court dismisses the applications. Of the “official” 199 applications determined last year, the Supreme Court allowed 22 to be determined on merits or question...
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  • Judge's appointment wrong says Labour

    Judge's appointment wrong says Labour

    The appointment of former Conservation Minister Hon Kate Wilkinson as an Environment Commissioner is wrong in principle, says Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker.

    “The doctrine of separation of powers requires judicial processes to remain separate and independent from the legislature for important reasons. Citizens need confidence that the law will be, and will appear to be, applied impartially.

    “Kate Wilkinson left Parliament less than a year ago....
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  • Scott Watson wins bid for interview with journalist

    Scott Watson wins bid for interview with journalist

    Convicted double killer Scott Watson has won his court fight, and may get to meet with a journalist for a behind bars interview to discuss what he believes is a 'miscarriage of justice' in his case.

    The Reserve Decision has just been released following a day long hearing last month in the Christchurch High Court, in which Scott Watson made his first public appearance after nearly 17 years behind bars for the killing of Ben Hope and Olivia Smart in the Marlborough Sounds. ...
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