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Judicial Conduct Affairs

“In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law … That would lead to anarchy. An individual who breaks a law that his conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.” – Martin Luther King Jr

 
  • Take The Money And Run… And Hide

    Take The Money And Run… And Hide

    In another page from the secret court files of New Zealand’s highest court is the cloak and dagger appeal of Rabson v Judicial Conduct Commissioner SC21/2017. No one can tell by the Registry’s file reference that this appeal concerns a costs order obtained in favour of Supreme Court justices Sian Elias, William Young, Susan Glazebrook, Terrence Arnold and Mark O’Regan.  The Registrar has repeatedly refused to allow his judicial bosses to be properly named in the appeal, writing the Appellant on 13 March 2017, “The High Court struck out the Supreme Court judges as the second respondents and as such they are not included in the application for leave to appeal”.  This position comes notwithstanding the appeal ground being the High […]

     
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  • Judicial Entitlement and Oppression Beg Reform

    Judicial Entitlement and Oppression Beg Reform

    Two revelations last week raise concerns about abuse of power among the New Zealand judiciary.  One is Dame Lowell Goddard bullying the New Zealand Herald to take down an online feed of a Daily Mail story of her billing UK taxpayers NZD10,000 to ship personal possessions from New Zealand – a story which accurately referred to Goddard as disgraced former head of the UK Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in the first sentence. The second is an ultra vires, indirect and tyrannical threat of criminal contempt by District Judge Dale Fleur Clarkson against a member of the public for sending two emails to Law Society Tribunal referees calling each a ‘corrupt cunt’ – in a proceeding Judge Clarkson had been previously […]

     
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  • A Glimpse Behind Sick Justice

    A Glimpse Behind Sick Justice

    It could have been one of those inconsequential $100,000 pig-fests on the public teat.  What made this one different is most of the government porkers got sick.  As is typical of judicial matters in New Zealand, 52 of New Zealand’s 62 top judges attended a secret retreat with a secret agenda at Chateau Tongariro in mid-March.   They received the off-season special room rate of $182.60 per night.  They feasted on the finest cuisine New Zealand had to offer at taxpayer expense.  They were officially there to be “educated”.  On what, we have no clue. In an ironic stroke of poetic justice, many got sick.  Had they not, we would never have known these judges being paid almost a half-million dollars […]

     
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  • Legal Review Officer Swamped

    Legal Review Officer Swamped

    A response from the Ministry of Justice yesterday claims a 4 year backlog in determining reviews of New Zealand Law Society decisions by the Legal Complaints Review Officer.  The delays indicate serious problems in an oversight body established by statute in 2006, despite significant growth in its funding since inception.  The four year backlog amounts to an effective denial of justice to many who seek remedy through the Legal Complaints Review Office. By enactment of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006, Parliament responded to public concerns that the New Zealand Law Society Standards Committee had become a political animal in determination of complaints against lawyers.   Some lawyers were being unduly protected by the Law Society while others were being targeted for […]

     
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  • Harrison Appeal Relies on Judge Incapacitation

     
  • Say it Aint so Joe

     
  • Judicial Watchdog Also Appointing Judges

     
  • Judicial Conduct Commissioner Sees Little Jurisdiction for Watchdog Role

     
  • ALL THE COMMISSIONER’S FRIENDS

     
  • Sheepish New Zealand Lawyers Pose Threat to Law

     
 
 
 
 
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