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Lifting NZ’s access game

Lifting NZ’s access game

Many social groups experience particular difficulties in gaining access to justice. Over several years the Law Foundation has supported projects that help people in such groups understand and exercise their legal rights. Our projects have assisted children, youth, people with intellectual disabilities, ACC claimants, victims of abuse, Māori and Pasifika comunities,…

The legal profession in Wanaka

A lot has changed since Chris Steven decided to hang out a shingle for Wanaka Law in 1986. Although other lawyers made regular trips to Wanaka at the time, Mr Steven says he was the first to set up a full-time law office there. He said he made the permanent move…

The Wayne Tank principle

The Leggs burnt green waste from their landscaping business and lifestyle block on their Canterbury property. While the fire initially reduced to ash, sufficient combustible material remained that it reignited some weeks later in a strong wind. The root cause was embers within the heap staying hot enough to ignite…

The Kiwi protecting Scotland’s children

Bruce AdamsonIt was the lure of “whisky, kilts and castles” that enticed Bruce Adamson to Scotland, but it’s ensuring vulnerable children are safe and healthy that’s keeping the New Zealand lawyer in Edinburgh. Mr Adamson, who is originally from Palmerston North and studied and worked in Wellington, was appointed Scotland’s third…

Court filing issues survey results

The New Zealand Law Society recently surveyed lawyers to ascertain whether, within the previous six months, they had experienced any: Delays in the processing of documents lodged with the courts for filing, and/or Rejection of documents lodged with the courts for filing. The survey was published in LawPoints and received 127 responses over…

ACC and appeals to the Supreme Court (part 2)

As discussed in LawTalk 909 (August 2017), 'ACC and Appeals to the Supreme Court', the New Zealand Law Society has written to the Ministers for Justice and ACC, seeking reform of the law to allow an appeal pathway to the Supreme Court for ACC cases. The ministers have responded that there…

Reminder from Chief Judge on judicial recusal

The Chief District Court Judge, Jan-Marie Doogue, has asked that a reminder be issued to the profession about not approaching Registry staff if they are seeking a judge to recuse themselves. She says: “As you know, judges are obliged to sit on any case allocated to them unless grounds for disqualification exist.…
Giving youth a chance

Giving youth a chance

As part of the Community Law Centre (CLC) network, Auckland-based YouthLaw has been providing free legal advice and specialist representation to New Zealanders under the age of 25 since the organisation’s inception in 1986. The idea developed during a lunch between lawyer Robert Ludbrook and Auckland City Youth Advisor Ted Jones…

"I’m not biased, they are"

“Yet he hath ever but slenderly known himself,” says Regan to Goneril of their father Lear, before they set about robbing him blind. She’s right, Lear does not know his own weaknesses; vanity, hubris, neediness. That ignorance feeds his biases, and ultimately drives his doom. But you do not have…

AMINZ Arbitration Rules 2017

Over the last 10 years, there has been a quiet revolution in the arbitration world. Internationally, there’s been much talk of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) and sovereignty, but the reality of commercial arbitration, both international and domestic, has been far more prosaic; we’ve all just got…
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