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  • Fraudster jailed after theft from school

    Fraudster jailed after theft from school


    Donald John Hancox, former executive officer at Upper Hutt College, has apologised for fleecing the school over seven years as he was sentenced to Mr Hancox has been sentenced to two years and three months’ imprisonment
    Hancox, 68, of Carterton, who worked at the college for 20 years, pleaded guilty to 10 criminal charges of obtaining $375,000 by deception over a seven-year period during which he was the school's executive officer. The role gave him responsibility for the financial...
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  • Court refuses to correct its own error !

    Court refuses to correct its own error !



    Justices Randerson, French, and Kos of the New Zealand Court of Appeal
    today refused to grant an application to correct errors in a sealed Judgment of the Court, recently found to be materially different from the actual decision of the Court.

    The original decision and orders of the Court in 2003 awarded costs to the executors of a deceased estate, however the disputed judgment issued a week later differed from the decision by recording the costs were awarded to one of
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  • Justice Dept Denies Negligence

    Justice Dept Denies Negligence



    General Manager for Higher Courts Paula Tesoriero, today denied that former Appeal Court registrar Claire Brown had been negligent by sealing Court orders altered by Wellington lawyer Roger Chapman. The Ministry of Justice is ultimately responsible for the
    administrative functions of the Courts, this includes sealing orders solicitors make which are supposed to follow the orders made by the Court.

    Ms Tesoriero had been asked to consider evidence Wellington law...
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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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  • Crown Law OK's Fake Court Orders

    Crown Law OK's Fake Court Orders




    The Crown Law Office has confirmed today that the Solicitor-General Michael Heron doesn't consider the falsification of Court orders to be a criminal offence.


    On behalf of Mr Heron, Senior Crown Solicitor Annabel Markham, was responding to a complaint made last week that sealed orders from the Court of Appeal had been altered to change the outcome of Court proceedings. Ms Markham acknowledged there were "discrepancies in the orders but nothing that would...
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  • Lawyer Investigated After Falsifying Court Orders

    Lawyer Investigated After Falsifying Court Orders




    Last week, a complaint was laid with the New Zealand law Society & Serious Fraud Office that Wellington lawyer Roger Chapman deliberately provided the Court of Appeal with orders for sealing which did not reflect the actual orders made by the court.

    This taints the most important aspect of any litigation, which is not the pleadings or the witness statements or the trial - its the orders made by the court, which were altered to manipulate the outcome of the proceedings, resulting in a fraud

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  • Down on the Law Society Farm

    Down on the Law Society Farm

    The fox was put in charge of the hen house as the Law Society’s prosecution played out this week against Auckland Human Rights Barrister Evgeny Orlov in an Auckland District Court room. The Tribunal panel is expected to strike Orlov off for making ‘scandalous’ complaints against then-High Court (and current Court of Appeal) Judge Rhys Harrison However, nothing was to be left to chance after legal blogger Stephen Franks recently criticised the inordinate time and expense of the 6 year prosecuti...
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