New Zealand judges naturally put aside bias toward business partners and family who appear before them. Judicial oversight threatens the independence NZ judges require to act appropriately. Laws which require judges divulge their pecuniary interests effectively compromise their security.
Citizens can be imprisoned simply on submissions of Crown counsel. The law is that civil trial by jury only exists in New Zealand if a judge grants permission. Judges are exempt from the Public Records Act 2005 (which requires all branches of government keep full and accurate records).
These are but a few of the recent declarations emitting from the $100 million New Zealand Supreme Court palace – middle earth for the judicial lobby which has acquired massive holdings in the Law Commission, the Rules Committee and the “molded in its image” New Zealand Law Society.
The absence of an independent bar and loss of the instilling discipline of the Privy Council has resulted in erosion of the rule of law at a phenomenal rate since 2005. The farmers and teachers who largely comprise Parliament are powerless to stop the lawlessness.
Next month, in SC6/2011 Siemer v Heron, the Supreme Court will determine whether the direct right to appeal a discretionary security for costs order exists in New Zealand. The Court of Appeal earlier declared that security for costs orders can only be appealed with leave (approval) of the ordering judge (CA190/2010).