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  • Trust lawyer struck off over missing $10,000

    Trust lawyer struck off over missing $10,000



    An Auckland lawyer has been struck off the roll after taking $10,000 from a family trust.

    Mary Frances Hackshaw was struck off on Friday after being found guilty of misconduct in relation to how she managed the trust for the children of a deceased man.

    The New Zealand Law Society's national prosecutions manager Mark Treleaven said Hackshaw was required to hold $10,000 in trust, with annual interest being paid to the deceased man's son."The funds ultimately...
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  • Former President of NZ Trustees Association facing jail for theft

    Former President of NZ Trustees Association facing jail for theft

    A flagrant abuse of trust with little in the way of mitigating factors means a jail sentence is inevitable for the former President of the New Zealand Trustees Association and Napier lawyer Gerald McKay. Mr McKay , 74, was found guilty of five charges of theft, five charges of using a document for pecuniary advantage, and one representative charge of criminal breach of trust. McKay practised law in Napier from 1967 until his practising certificate was suspended following a Law Society investiga...
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  • Crooked Judge Knighted

    Crooked Judge Knighted




    Sir Terence Arnold’s past conduct would likely preclude his ability to become a judge in any other law-abiding country, let alone be awarded a knighthood for his services to justice in New Zealand. Sir Terence is generally known in the NZ legal community to have engaged in criminal activity as Solicitor General serious enough that it could have landed him in prison had the matter gone to trial. Rob Moodie, the lawyer representing Margaret and Keith Berryman in a long-r...
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  • Former Appeal Court President caught out

    Former Appeal Court President caught out


    Former President of the New Zealand Court of Appeal and Supreme Court Justice Sir Mark O'Regan was caught with his pants down yesterday, after an application to disqualify him from ruling on a matter involving a fraud on the Court of Appeal was filed in the Supreme Court.

    Earlier this week, Sir Mark dismissed an application seeking to overturn a bankruptcy resulting from fraudulent court orders. Sealed orders of the Court of Appeal were altered by Wellington lawyer Roger...
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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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  • Suspect Practices at New Zealand Supreme Court Raise Concerns

    Suspect Practices at New Zealand Supreme Court Raise Concerns

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    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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  • Rich Court, Poor Court

    Rich Court, Poor Court

    “Justice for all” may be the public signpost but a case set to be heard in New Zealand’s highest court on 5 May 2015 threatens to expose a far different reality. It is scheduled to be the 7th hearing this year in the purpose-built $100 million building - out of a likely 18 to be heard in 2015. Marteley v Legal Services Commissioner is a battle which pits the seemingly endless financial resources of the Judges, Crown and their cohorts against the muted masses whose lack of money is the measure...
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  • 2014 survey on judge's published

    2014 survey on judge's published




    What do we know about our judges? Thanks to kiwisfirst.co.nz, a little more this week, with the release of its 2014 survey ranking of 63 judges. This is the second survey, four years after the legal blog’s first release. Publisher Vince Siemer says that despite the survey being anonymous, lawyers were generally more fearful this year following recent prosecutions of lawyers who expressed their honest opinions about judges. He says roughly 100 respondents parti
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  • UN critical over Maori jail numbers

    UN critical over Maori jail numbers

    A United Nations delegation visiting New Zealand prisons is warning that the high number of Maori in prison is a breach of international law.More than half of New Zealand's prison population is Maori, although they make up just 15 percent of the population.

    The delegation, which reports to the United Nations Human Rights Council, says any bias against Maori leading to their incarceration more than other New Zealanders constitutes arbitrary detention and is illegal under international
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  • Shark finning ban to be in force sooner

    Shark finning ban to be in force sooner


    The government has agreed to a tighter timeframe for the banning of shark finning in New Zealand waters.
    Conservation Minister Nick Smith and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy confirmed on Thursday the government's plan to ban the controversial practice, which has been descibed as a national disgrace. The ban will mean sharks won't be able to be caught, killed and have their fins sliced off before the rest of the body is thrown back into the water. It's already illegal to ...
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  • 100% pure propaganda

    100% pure propaganda


    Some forms of propaganda are more obvious than others. At the height of New Zealand's 'clean green' image campaign 14 years ago, tourists were astonished to see cars billowing thick exhaust, people burning rubbish in their yards and waterways clogged with animal waste. It was not only the old cars shipped to New Zealand because they no longer met emission standards in Japan, it was also the statistic that New Zealanders led the world in per capita boat and car ownership. The...
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  • Michael Stiassny, the Official Assignee and a dead QC’s widow

    Michael Stiassny, the Official Assignee and a dead QC’s widow

    Rogue web publisher Vince Siemer is nothing if not persistent in his search for what he believes is fair play. His latest High Court skirmish – in which Mr Siemer established an Official Assignee (OA) exceeded his authority and was wrong to consider him a vexatious and frivolous litigant – emerges as a two steps forward, one step back result. But after succeeding with a High Court judicial review against the Official Assignee in March, Mr Siemer now claims the OA – found by the court to have...
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  • Crime victim told to turn detective

    Crime victim told to turn detective



    Police told a man who had his wallet stolen in a bar that he would have to solve his own case if he wanted to get it back.
    The man had stopped at Ponsonby's Golden Dawn bar for 15 minutes on March 16 to farewell a friend, and had his wallet stolen from his back pocket.

    The man, 42, said he did not realise until the next morning that the wallet was missing.
    "I didn't even have a drink. I said goodbye and then buggered off. The next day I couldn't find it . ....
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  • Warning system saves court time

    Warning system saves court time

    Crime rates have dropped to their lowest level for 24 years - but police are not solving any more of their cases. Instead, they say they are focusing on preventing major crimes, rather than resolving minor ones. The drop in crime figures across the board come at the same time as courts statistics show a 14 per cent fall in new cases entering the justice system's busiest jurisdiction - District Court cases dealt with by judges sitting alone. The drop is primarily a result of the police ...
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  • New Zealand a critical link in the 'supply chain' for corruption

    Irish private investigators have been in New Zealand chasing €455 million (NZ$700 million) that Ireland's once-richest man is reputed to have hidden in the South Pacific. Irish courts have found tycoon Sean Quinn, his son Sean Junior and nephew Peter conspired to put €455 million out of reach, rather than repay the now nationalised Anglo Irish Bank. The bank had to be propped up in when the Irish economy collapsed in 2008. Quinn owed €2.8 billion on property investments but got a large c...
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