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After months of wrangling over wording of Official Information Act requests, the Ministry of Justice has disclosed the Judicial Conduct Commissioner incurred $192,630 in legal fees for advice in respect to his investigation of former Supreme Court Justice Bill Wilson in 2009/2010, of which $35,325 comprised fees for professional services provided by the retired Australian Justice Murray Gleeson.

While claiming immunity from the Official Information Act, Judicial Conduct Commissioner David Gascoigne gestured separately that he received nothing in the way of written advice from the Honourable Mr Gleeson, claiming his relationship in seeking advice was informal.  When contacted by kiwisfirst, the eminent Justice Gleeson said earlier he was not able to comment on the matter.