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  1. Covid 19 coronavirus: 60,000 court events expected to be postponed in NZ's justice sy

    Sign up to our daily Covid-19 newsletter for essential advice and a full summary of the day's news and developments. Register or sign in here and select Top News Stories. At least 59,500 court...
  2. Covid 19 coronavirus: Courts tighten access to buildings as people breach level 4 loc

    Sign up to our daily Covid-19 newsletter for essential advice and a full summary of the day's news and developments. Register or sign in here and select Top News Stories. New Zealand's top judge...
  3. Covid 19 coronavirus: Courts tighten access to buildings as people breach level 4 loc

    New Zealand's top judge has tightened public access to the country's courthouses as people seemingly breach the nationwide lockdown.The courts and justice system will continue to operate during level...
  4. Christchurch mosque shootings: Life in prison looms for NZ's first convicted terroris

    COMMENT: By Kris Gledhill for The Conversation Less than a fortnight after the first anniversary of the Christchurch mosque shootings, and on the first day of New Zealand's four-week Covid-19...
  5. Covid 19 coronavirus: Call to lower prison population to combat spread of virus

    Justice reform advocates are calling for the prison population to be urgently lowered to help stop the spread of Covid-19. New Zealand prisons have separated certain groups of inmates, as well as...
  6. Christchurch mosque shootings: Shock in courtroom as gunman admits being March 15 kil

    COMMENT: It took the court registrar four minutes to read aloud the names of all 51 murder victims on the Crown charge list. "On the 15th day of March, 2019 at Christchurch, you did murder Khalil...
  7. Christchurch shootings: Will terrorist and mosque killer be deported to Australia?

    The man responsible for the Christchurch terror attacks will be liable for deportation but it is possible the Australian killer will never leave prison, let alone our shores.Brenton Tarrant pleaded...
  8. Christchurch mosque shootings: How Brenton Tarrant's shock admissions unfolded

    This morning, Brenton Tarrant entered shock guilty pleas to the murder of 51 people in Christchurch on March 15 last year. Senior journalist Kurt Bayer was in court and explains how the remarkable...
  9. Christchurch mosque shootings: Brenton Tarrant's shock guilty plea to murders

    Brenton Harrison Tarrant has today made a shock admission that he was the lone gunman who murdered 51 Muslims at two Christchurch mosques on March 15 last year.The 29-year-old Australian entered the...
  10. Lower Hutt murderer Nika Abraham, sentenced in 2003, refused parole

    The man who strangled Lower Hutt woman Kate Alkema to death in 2002 has been refused parole again. But he claims his attitude towards woman has "significantly changed" and he can now communicate with...
  11. Covid-19 coronavirus: Court to continue during lockdown if liberty, safety and wellbe

    New Zealand's Chief Justice says the country's courts must continue to uphold the rule of law during the nationwide lockdown with cases affecting a person's liberty or safety still to be heard.At...
  12. Trio accused of Auckland murders appear in court via video link, lawyers by telephone

    Three Auckland men each charged with murder have appeared in court via video link from custody. Their isolated lawyers dialled in by phone. The Government considers New Zealand's justice system an...
  13. Covid-19 coronavirus: Top Family Court judge urges shared custody parents to 'put asi

    Children in shared care arrangements can still travel between their homes during the coronavirus lockdown, while the Principal Family Court Judge urges parents to "put aside their conflict".Principal...
  14. Covid-19 coronavirus: Most deaths would not need to be reported to coroner

    New Zealand's Chief Coroner says she hopes the country doesn't record a single death from Covid-19 but should the worst happen the Coroners Court is prepared.Chief Coroner is Judge Deborah Marshall...
  15. Covid-19 coronavirus: What court hearings will continue during New Zealand's pandemic

    After New Zealand's Chief Justice closed the doors of the country's highest court more details have emerged about what hearings will continue during the nationwide lockdown.Prime Minister Jacinda...
  16. Covid-19 coronavirus: Supreme Court and many other courts to close doors this week ah

    New Zealand's highest court and several others will close the doors to its courtrooms this week as the country prepares for a nationwide lockdown to combat the global coronavirus pandemic.Chief...
  17. Coronavirus: Law Society seeks clarification on whether courts will continue as lockd

    Lawyers are seeking clarification from the Chief Justice after the Prime Minister raised the Covid-19 alert level to 3 with level 4 to follow in 48 hours.The country is going into lockdown for at...
  18. Coronavirus: Judge refused to send jury home amid Covid-19 pandemic and 'rush to just

    A High Court judge twice refused to stop a murder trial despite one juror falling ill and a lawyer's plea that the coronavirus pandemic would see an anxious jury "rush to justice".Dozens of trials...
  19. Rugby: Former All Black Byron Kelleher has charges dismissed for assault and wilful d

    Former All Black Byron Kelleher has been granted diversion and had his charges dismissed after being arrested for assault in Auckland last year.The 57-cap halfback, who played his last test for New...
  20. Hog-tied: Manslaughter verdicts over Sandringham home invasion death

    Two men accused of beating a man and leaving him hog-tied to fatally asphyxiate in his Sandringham home have been found guilty of manslaughter. Don Ekeroma, 35, and Benny Fatu, 29, were both cleared...
  21. Suspected Coronavirus case held at police station returned negative result before arr

    A man has avoided a court appearance by telling police he had recently been tested for coronavirus.The man was due to appear in the North Shore District Court this morning, after being arrested...
  22. Auckland Prison murder accused objects to appearing in court via video due to Covid-1

    A man accused of murdering a fellow inmate at New Zealand's only maximum security prison has objected to appearing in court via video link due to the coronavirus pandemic and security concerns.The...
  23. Coronavirus: Which high-profile jury trials are postponed by the Covid-19 pandemic?

    The Christchurch terror trial falls just outside the Chief Justice's order to halt all new jury trials for at least two months as New Zealand grapples with the global coronavirus pandemic.But which...
  24. Appeal allowed: Convicted killer Ueta Vea has prison sentence reduced

    Warning: Graphic content A convicted killer has had his minimum period of imprisonment shortened after a successful appeal. Ueta Vea murdered Laulimu Liuasi, a 62-year-old man who was living on the...
  25. Coronavirus: New Zealand jury trials suspended for two months

    All new jury trials in New Zealand will be suspended for two months.People affected by the suspension would be contacted by the registry of the relevant court, Chief Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann...
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