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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

 
  • Judicial Entitlement and Oppression Beg Reform

    Judicial Entitlement and Oppression Beg Reform

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    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

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    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

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    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

    Harrison Appeal Relies on Judge Incapacitation

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    Lewis Carroll’s menagerie might find validation in a decision earlier this month by Court of Appeal Judge Rhys Harrison, appealed last week to the New Zealand Supreme Court on grounds of judge incapacitation. In a 4 September chambers ruling in Creser v Creser, Rhys Harrison J doubted any judge of the Court of Appeal had jurisdiction to review a decision of its Registrar refusing an application for filing.  The judge then doubted jurisdiction existed to bring the appeal. Each jurisdiction is provided by single digit rules of the New Zealand Court of Appeal which make up the handbook for judges of our highest appellate court by right. Harrison J has been a permanent Court of Appeal judge for 5 years.  He sat […]

     
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