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  • Laws need to be tougher on cowboy liquidators

    Laws need to be tougher on cowboy liquidators

    The theft conviction of Nelson liquidator Pat Norris demonstrates why the laws regulating insolvency practitioners need reform, lawyers suggest.Patrick Dean Norris, 55, is perhaps best remembered for the lurid headlines of two years ago when he made intimate recordings of his ex-wife and put Pink Batts in her underwear drawer.

    Last week, the former Kawerau mayoral candidate was found guilty of theft by a person in a special relationship after a two-week, judge-alone...
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  • Anthony Banbrook 'going bankrupt'

    Anthony Banbrook 'going bankrupt'

    A director of failed finance firm National Finance says he has not been able to pay reparations of $75,000 because he has suffered losses five times those of any investor and is "going bankrupt".

    Anthony Banbrook was sentenced in March last year to eight and a half months' home detention and ordered to pay reparations of $75,000 for making an untrue statement in a 2005 prospectus.He has not yet paid the reparations, which were due a month after he was sentenced. ...
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  • John Banks is dog tucker!

    John Banks is dog tucker!

    John Banks has been found guilty of knowingly filing a false electoral return after his failed Auckland mayoral campaign in 2010.
    The Act MP has been on trial in the High Court in Auckland over two $25,000 cheques from Kim Dotcom and another cheque from SkyCity, which the Crown alleged Banks falsely recorded as anonymous.
    Mr Banks went on trial following a private prosecution brought by retired Wellington accountant Graham McCready. Police had previously investigated but decided in 2012...
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  • Mother wins 15 year legal battle

    Mother wins 15 year legal battle

    After a 15-year legal battle, a Wellington mother has secured thousands of dollars in child support after suing the estranged father of their special needs son.

    Although relatively independent, and a volunteer DJ at Access Radio, Robert Spencer, now 38, has the mental age of a 7-year-old, is on an invalid benefit and cannot properly read or write. He still lives with his mother, 67-year-old Brooklyn Galleria owner Alida Miculetich.

    She split with Wellington...
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  • Judge backs blogger's fight against fraud

    Judge backs blogger's fight against fraud

    A fraudster's victim who fought back has won a landmark battle to name and shame the man who scammed him and dozens of others.

    Nearly two and a half years ago, Steve Taylor contracted Grant Norman King to build a sleepout for his elderly father behind the family home in West Auckland.
    Taylor paid three-quarters of the price - $23,500 - as a deposit. The sleepout was never built and the money was not returned.

    In a bid to get even, Taylor...
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  • Contempt of court laws 'vague'

    Contempt of court laws 'vague'

    The Law Commission says contempt of court laws need updating to deal with the rise of the internet and social media.

    A paper, released by the Commission on Monday, calls the current laws vague and says the rules should be more clearly defined.

    The paper is part of a Law Commission review of contempt of court laws.
    Lead commissioner of the review judge Peter Boshier says the current rules predate the internet age.
    He says jurors can now easily access information on...
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  • Vexatious Vince Siemer

    Vexatious Vince Siemer

    Legal news publisher Vince Siemer was last week declared a vexatious litigant by order of the Wellington High Court after Justices Brendon Brown and Ron Young concluded actions at the heart of his disputes were not vexatious but that he, at some point after filing them, pursued them vexatiously.

    The judges declared Parliament needs to enact legislation similar to Canada and Australia which judges can apply to litigants acting as Mr Siemer who, despite not instituting

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  • "Stasi" Law Society exposed

    "Stasi" Law Society exposed

    Omens of threat to an ordered society, perceived or real, can provoke the most sensible citizens to willingly forfeit their freedoms. After 9-11, Americans paradoxically clamoured for new laws which limited their right to assembly and freedom from search and surveillance. To those who protested, the suspicion mounted over what they had to hide. Few things give more power to an autocracy than a war against a vague threat, and the gullibility of the masses escapes notice of few prone to a...
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  • Anger over lack of charges

    Anger over lack of charges

    The mother of a disabled Palmerston North boy who drowned in a bath while in respite care is "furious" criminal charges are not being laid against staff.
    Nathan Booker, 15, was found submerged in a bath at the , run by Idea Services - a subsidiary of IHC New Zealand, in January.

    An ambulance was called and he was taken to the Palmerston North Hospital's intensive-care unit. He was taken off life support and pronounced dead later that night. This week police announced they...
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  • Disbarred lawyer on trial

    Disbarred lawyer on trial

    A now-disbarred lawyer accused of helping a property developer borrow millions of dollars from a finance company in "forbidden related-party loans" cannot argue he was acting on instructions or was an innocent agent, said the Crown in its closing submissions to the High Court.

    Former Central Hawkes Bay mayor and Waipukurau lawyer, Hugh Edward Staples Hamilton, is on trial in the High Court at Auckland for allegedly helping former property developer Raymond Schofield arrange...
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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, 12:47 PM
  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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, 10:40 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...
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  • 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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