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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 blogs 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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  • 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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  • Watchdog sues Court of Appeal Registrar

    Watchdog sues Court of Appeal Registrar

    Investigative court blogger Vince Siemer has filed a civil claim against Court of Appeal Registrar Clare OBrien for unlawfully preventing filing of appeals to that Court. The alleged abuses concern Siemers appeals but he says he has become aware of three unrelated appellants who experienced similar conduct by Ms OBrien this year.

    The High Court claim alleges Ms OBrien is making judicial determinations not provided by law in dismissing applications and rejecting filings of...
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  • Court of Appeal Judge Accused of Creating Fiction

    Court of Appeal Judge Accused of Creating Fiction

    The judge at the heart of a Law Society tribunal case this week has another antagonist tugging at his robe. Barrister Evgeny Orlov went on trial in Auckland this week for comments he has made about Justice Rhys Harrison for handing over a child to a known paedophile and alleged slights against foreign born New Zealanders. Last week legal blogger Vince Siemer filed two affidavits with the Supreme Court in support of applications to appeal separate rulings Harrison J made on allegedly non-ex...
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  • Chief Justice against sending activist to jail

    Chief Justice against sending activist to jail




    Long-time judicial critic and activist Vince Siemer, will begin his prison sentence today for contempt of court following last week's Supreme Court ruling has found an ally in none other than Chief Justice Sian Elias.

    The Chief Justice's minority opinion disagreed with her fellow judges, holding that Siemer's rights under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act to freedom of expression and natural justice extended to his ability to question the legality
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  • Michael Stiassny, the Official Assignee and a dead QCs widow

    Michael Stiassny, the Official Assignee and a dead QCs 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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