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  • Judges push Parliament to protect them

    Judges push Parliament to protect them

    New Zealand Judges have ganged up to push Parliament into considering legislation which gives them greater privacy, stating criticism of judges - what they called "unwarranted and improper attack" - is increasing on internet sites; adding complaints to the Judicial Conduct Commissioner, while "appropriate in principle", are frequently being used "essentially to harass judges". Eight judges, including the Chief Justice and Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, expressly endorsed the submissions t...
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  • PRURIENT APOLOGIST?

    PRURIENT APOLOGIST?

    If civilisation is the progress toward a society of privacy, the New Zealand judiciary has no doubt reached its zenith. This was again confirmed this week when Attorney General Chris Finlayson (picutred) declared taxpayer-funded sojourns for the partners of our 206 judges is nobody's business. Weighing in on the Judiciary playing toad with a Dominion Post request for how much the citizenry were financially supporting judges' spouses, Finlayson said through his publicist, ...
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  • Judges' partners claim $500k

    Judges' partners claim $500k

    The partners of judges have claimed almost $500,000 in expenses in the past three years, despite their spouses earning more than $300,000 a year. A request in July for details of spousal expenses, broken down by category and individual judge, was initially declined by the Justice Ministry because it was "judicial information rather than official information". But after consultation, Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias agreed to provide a total figure for the past three financial years. This showed ...
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  • JUSTICE BLANCHARD'S PARTING SHOTS

    JUSTICE BLANCHARD'S PARTING SHOTS

    The Rt Hon Sir Peter Blanchard has been a judge of the Supreme Court, New Zealandís final court of appeal, since 2004. He was a partner in Auckland law firm Simpson Grierson and director of several listed companies until his appointment to the High Court in 1992, and then to the Court of Appeal in 1996. He was a member of the Law Commission from 1990 to 1994, and was appointed a Privy Councillor in 1998. In his last sitting of the New Zealand Supreme Court earlier this month, Justice Peter Bla...
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  • Stricter sanctions on judges sought after Christie Marceau tragedy

    Stricter sanctions on judges sought after Christie Marceau tragedy

    Akshay Chand allegedly murdered 18 year-old Christie Marceau , who died in her mother's arms, in her Auckland home last November. He willl stand trial in October. At the time Chand was on bail on charges of kidnapping and assaulting her two months earlier. He had been released by Judge David McNaughton to a property within 1km of the Marceau home, despite opposition from police. David McNaughton is also the same Judge who refused bail for Kim DotCom which put him behind bars, principally...
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