Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Judicial Decisions of Public Interest — Courts of New Zealand

Judicial Decisions of Public Interest — Courts of New Zealand
This site is always worth checking, if for no other reason than to see what the courts managers think are matters of public interest. To day 2 decisions are attracting some attention. The first is R v Gwaze, which sets new ground in New Zealand by setting aside a not guilty verdict from a jury trial, and opening a brave new world where the Crown can appeal a jury verdict (albeit on very restricted grounds). the second is the next skirmish in the Vince Siemer saga, as to what should happen to his contempt sentence imposed for failing to take down the web sites criticising Mr Stiassney and his firm. The irony about the Siemer decision is that he tried to have the Chief Justice recused from this case but in her (minority) decision she would have held for him.

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