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  • Helen Cull QC made High Court Judge

    Helen Cull QC made High Court Judge

    Wellington Queen's Counsel Helen Cull has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General Christopher Finlayson announced today(30 June 2016)

    Justice Cull graduated with a LLB(Hons) in 1978 from Victoria University of Wellington and began her legal career at Brandons. In 1983 she joined the partnership of Tripe Matthews and Feist, leaving in 1990 to join the independent bar. She was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1997.

    Justice Cull has extensive litigation...
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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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  • Crossfire victim seeking Crown compensation

    Crossfire victim seeking Crown compensation

    A man injured in a police shooting that killed teen courier driver Halatau Naitoko is suing the Crown for compensation.
    Lawyers for Richard Neville, who was hit by crossfire after a dramatic police pursuit of gunman Stephen McDonald came to a tragic end in January 2009, filed the breach of civil rights claim in the High Court at Auckland late last month.

    Neville was driving when he was confronted by methamphetamine-fuelled McDonald, who had pointed a gun at bystanders,...
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  • Fight over fluoridation

    Fight over fluoridation

    The war over fluoride in our drinking water is heating up, with a crucial court decision due and lobby groups upping the ante against health officials.

    A judge is expected to rule this week on whether South Taranaki District Council had the authority to introduce fluoride to two of its water systems which could remove the power of local authorities around the country to add nutrients to water supplies.

    The NZ Health Trust, which claims fluoride is a form of mass...
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