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Tenancy rules changes ‘to improve rental market’ – Bishop

The coalition Government has today announced changes to the Residential Tenancies Act to encourage landlords back to the rental property market, says Housing Minister...

Convicted murderer and sex offender challenges prison sex ban as ‘discriminatory’

Convicted murderer and sex offender Phillip John Smith is contesting the prohibition on prisoners in a sex offenders' treatment unit from engaging in sexual...

What UK High Court’s decision in Julian Assange case means – Explainer

The jailed WikiLeaks founder has been allowed a new, limited bid, to fight his extradition to the US. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange scored a victory...

Sydney rideshare driver granted bail in Kiwi lawyer’s road death case

Zisi Kokotatsios, a 63-year-old former real estate agent, has been granted bail after being charged with dangerous driving leading to the death of lawyer...

Three District Court judges die in one week

The legal community is reeling following the deaths of three respected District Court judges within a single week. Acting warranted Judge Jocelyn Munro of Rotorua,...

HIgh-flying kiwi lawyer victim of suspected hit-and-run in Sydney

Highly accomplished 28-year-old lawyer Mitch East tragically lost his life in a suspected hit-and-run incident in Sydney, Australia, as he exited an Uber early...

Australian court blocks Covid vaccine challenge

A judge who previously provided legal counsel to Pfizer has blocked a legal challenge over Moderna’s and Pfizer’s mRNA Covid vaccines, stalling efforts to...

‘No rehabilitation, no parole’ Bill drawn

Prisoners will have a better chance of reintegrating into society and building a better life as a result of a Member’s Bill which was...

Law & Order crackdown: ‘Cultural Report’ funding and prison population reduction target abolished

The coalition Government is making good on its promise to restore law and order by removing government funding for Section 27 reports and abolishing...

High Court Judge appointed

Attorney-General Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Whanganui Crown Solicitor Michele Marina Wilkinson-Smith as a High Court Judge. Justice Wilkinson-Smith graduated with an LLB...

US judge gives go-ahead to execution by new method

The state of Alabama may now put a convicted murderer to death using nitrogen gas, despite concerns voiced by UN experts. A federal judge in...

JP under investigation for involvement in financial scam

An Auckland businessman and Justice of the Peace (JP) is under investigation for his alleged involvement in a $100,000 investment scam. The man is accused...

Senior lawyer reprimanded and fined over heated teleconference exchange

A senior barrister has been reprimanded and fined $2,000 for unsatisfactory conduct during a teleconference involving a judge and a self-represented litigant. The incident occurred...

Man attacks US judge in courtroom

The shocking video showed a man attacking a female District Court judge on Wednesday (local time). The man named Deobra Redden, a three-time felon, attacked...

Israel’s Supreme Court strikes down Netanyahu’s ‘Judicial Overhaul Law’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his allies announced a sweeping judicial overhaul plan shortly after taking office a year ago. Limiting the power of...

NZ report card 2023: near the top of the class in some areas, room for improvement elsewhere

End-of-year results aren’t only for school and university students. Countries, too, can be measured for their progress – or lack of it – across...

Google to settle $5bn lawsuit for tracking private activity

The plaintiffs accused the tech giant of tracking the data of millions of users. Google has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit filed in 2020,...

Bryce Edwards: NZ’s “most powerful” lawyers

To understand who it is that runs a country, it’s always useful to focus on the top legal figures. Usefully, the annual list of New...

Collins appointed King’s Counsel

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon announced today the appointment of Attorney-General, Hon Judith Collins, as King’s Counsel. “It is appropriate that the Attorney-General, as the senior...

Violent incidents in youth justice facilities ‘no longer tolerated’, says Chhour

Assaults and unlawful behaviour within Oranga Tamariki’s youth justice facilities are unacceptable and offenders should receive proper consequences for their actions, Minister for Children...

Ditching Paul Hunt a good start, but not enough to fix the HRC – ACT

“The Justice Minister’s decision not to reappoint Paul Hunt is a good start, but doesn’t go far enough to acknowledge the Human Rights Commission’s...

History-making American judge dies

Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, has passed away at 93. Retired US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day...

Texas takes Pfizer to court for misrepresentation over Covid-19 shot

The pharmaceutical giant misled the public about the vaccine’s effectiveness and sought to silence critics, the Texas lawsuit claims. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed...

Bryce Edwards: Court ruling shows big political donations can be given secretly

New Zealand’s rules to regulate money in politics can now officially be declared broken. Although, in theory, political parties are required to publicly declare any...

Repeat offender permanently banned by Registrar of Companies

The High Court of New Zealand has permanently disqualified 74-year-old Raymond Anthony Andrews from taking part in the management of a company following an...

Parliament protesters file civil claim against high-ranking cop

Two protesters arrested by police at the Parliament Protest in 2022 have filed a civil claim against a police officer involved in their arrest. Police...

Guy Hatchard: What the dentist saw and what the judge thought

The Dentist: My dentist friend received mRNA Covid vaccines in 2021. He and his partner developed cardiac issues, both have since struggled to recover their...

‘A good win for Dr Goodwin’: NZ Doctor’s Appeal of Covid Misinformation Suspension Won

The decision from Judge Kevin Kelly of the Wellington District Court, released last week, has seen Dr Alison Goodwin's January 2022 suspension by the...

A win for Sue Grey and a win for freedom of speech in NZ

Late Friday afternoon Sue Grey received news that the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has struck out charges against her and found no case...

A turning point in our nation: The sentencing of Billy TK Jnr. and Vinny Eastwood to jail

Yesterday I was interviewed on a US radio channel jointly with Billy Te Kahika Jnr. and Vinny Eastwood. I realised I have been remiss. I...

Regulations pave the way for first comprehensive digital Firearms Registry

With the release today of the Arms Amendment Regulations enabling New Zealand’s first comprehensive digital Firearms Registry, licence holders can now see how the...

Billy Te Kahika Jnr petition – ‘This is not prosecution, this is persecution’

Billy Te Kahika Jnr also expressed concern for his safety should he be imprisoned. Last month civil liberties leaders Billy Te Kahika Jnr and Vinny...

New Independent Police Conduct Authority Chairperson appointed

Associate High Court Judge Kenneth Johnston KC has been appointed as the next Chairperson of the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA), Justice Minister Kiri...

Posie Parker High Court challenge dismissed

A last ditch legal effort to prevent the Women's Rights advocate from entering New Zealand failed, although Justice Gendall expressed 'sympathy' for the applicants. The...

Watch: How will the Therapeutic Products Bill affect the availability of natural health products?

In this video Dr. Guy Hatchard provides an analysis of the Bill and its implications for the health of New Zealanders. 'There is Bill before...

Sue Grey clarifies contempt of court episode to Counterspin

Legacy media reported the judge describing a 'virtual riot' and that Grey was appearing as 'McKenzie Friend'. Counterspin Media provided an update from Grey on...

Baby W case won’t be appealed – Sue Grey

Sue Grey, the lawyer acting for the parents at the centre of the mRNA blood transfusion case confirmed no appeal will be lodged. NOTE: The...

High Court orders Baby W be placed under temporary guardianship order

Baby Will has been temporarily placed under the guardianship of the High Court. The decision was released today just after 6pm. NOTE: The Care of Children...

Canterbury bar worker awarded $26K after ‘arbitrary’ dismissal

The Employment Relations Authority decision was made last week. The owners of the Springfield Hotel in Canterbury have been ordered to pay former employee Tracy...

Bryce Edwards: A Culture war over hate speech and free speech is unlikely

Sunday’s announcement by Justice Minister Kiri Allan about forthcoming legislation on hate speech has sparked concerns that the country is headed for a second...

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