The Rights for Victims of Insane Offenders Bill proposes changes to the formal finding of the court “to provide victims with the acknowledgment that the offender was proven to have acted grievously, even if they lacked the intent to be guilty of the action”. “The intent of the Bill is to place all victims on […]
In a statement, Parker said the appointees replace sitting Judges who have reached retirement age and will take up their roles in March. The announcement follows the appointment of five judges in December to help deal with the impact of the COVID-19 lock down period on the court system, which is under significant caseload pressure.
The consultation raises difficult issues and has generated a great deal of discussion and debate, highlighting that a broader ‘first principles’ review may be needed. In its recent submission the Law Society acknowledges there is no universally agreed or perfect costs system: each system involves various trade-offs and it may be impossible to formulate a […]
“The changes would significantly impair the independence of the judiciary. Currently, judges can only be removed by a two-thirds vote of Parliament on grounds of misbehaviour or mental impairment. The changes would empower the Judicial Services Commission, an executive body, to dismiss judges without cause or due process. This is a significant erosion of the […]
The ABA’s Task Force on Legal Needs Arising Out of the 2020 Pandemic includes representatives from top legal organisations. The group will identify legal needs arising from the pandemic, make recommendations to address those needs and help mobilise volunteer lawyers and legal professionals for people who need help.
Colin Carruthers was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990. He has had significant experience in criminal work, both prosecution and defence, including Serious Fraud Office prosecutions, tax prosecutions, securities prosecutions and other regulatory prosecutions.
The firm said that 2020 will be the year in which climate change will begin to be litigated in New Zealand. It said that climate change and the appropriate response is a defining issue and urged boards to become “earth-competent.”
Working from an outcomes based approach the Monitor will look at how the Oranga Tamariki system enhances the wellbeing and life outcomes for the children and young people it comes in contact with. Central to this is the important role whānau, hapū and iwi play in working with Oranga Tamariki to achieve positive experiences and […]
Mr Parker says 10 of the new judges are Māori, eight Pākehā, one Māori/Chinese and two Samoan. Twelve of the new judges are women. “It’s pleasing to see high quality appointees coming forward from diverse backgrounds. It is important that the judiciary reflects the make-up of the community it serves,” he says.
In a recently released discussion paper, the statutory body detailed proposed improvements to the procedures to tackle this unmet need, which has been referred to as the “justice gap.” The gap is apparent, as shown by the increasing number of unrepresented litigants before the courts, including many litigants who cannot afford legal representation, the committee said.