Down the rabbit hole

It seems as if the lavish $100 million spent on the New Zealand Supreme Court building has not translated equally to the judges’ approach to those seeking justice within its walls.

Judicial decisions are being delegated to $40,000 a year staff employees to make and applications are being combined with other appeals, without reasons given and done anonymously.  It is a degradation of the rule of law.

This email exchange ended with a phone call to Registrar Gordon Thatcher who conceded not having anything in writing from a judge, only saying he would talk to Justice William Young on Monday when asked whether it was the judge or he who relied upon Rule 5  of the Supreme Court Rules 2004 (which does not allow for combining appeals).