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The New Zealand Justice Forum aims to pool the collective experiences of our citizens, lawyers, and academics in order to discuss the many defects that weaken the integrity of the legal system. Corruption amongst politicians and judiciary is one deficiency that affects our international reputation. When you consider a corrupt politician or judge, you may think of one who trades rulings or favours for cash, as far as we know, that sort of corruption is rare in NZ, but corruption may take subtle but equally destructive forms. A dishonest judge can ignore evidence, twist rules and procedure, manufacture facts or ignore others. Many judges allow illegitimate claims while dismissing valid ones by ignoring evidence, mischaracterising pleadings, and misapplying the law. When a judge does these things intentionally, he or she commits a crime. Petty or grand, the acts are still crimes and it takes surprisingly little to “steer” a case. This forum aims to encourage members to post their individual case files, thereby providing transparent evaluation of the decision making process.

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Monday, 8 April 2019
Wellington lawyer suspended for tampering with trust documents The New Zealand Law Society announced last week that a senior Wellington lawyer Andrew Maclean Morrison was suspended from practicing law for six months after tampering with a trust document. 2127 views

Thursday, 31 December 2015
Sir Terence Arnold, KNZM Sir Terence Arnold's past conduct would likely preclude his ability to become a judge in any other law abiding country, let alone be awarded a knighthood for his services to justice in New Zealand. 852 views

Thursday, 24 December 2015
Supreme Court avoids ruling on judge's incapacity 918 views

Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Court refuses to correct its own error ! Justices Randerson, French, and Kos of the New Zealand Court of Appeal today refused to grant an application to correct errors in a sealed Judgment of the Court, recently found to be materially different from the actual decision of the Court. 697 views

Saturday, 17 October 2015
Forum calls for mandatory drug testing of judges and lawyers: After several high profile drug cases involving members of the New Zealand Police and the legal profession, the New Zealand Justice Forum today called for the mandatory drug testing of all officers of the Court. 986 views

Wednesday, 5 August 2015
Justice Dept Denies Negligence General Manager for Higher Courts Paula Tesoriero, today denied that former Appeal Court registrar Claire Brown had been negligent after sealing Court orders altered by Wellington lawyer Roger Chapman. 1304 views

Saturday, 25 July 2015
Former Appeal Court President Caught Out Former President of the New Zealand Court of Appeal and Supreme Court Justice Sir Mark O'Regan was caught with his pants down yesterday, after an application to disqualify him from ruling on a matter involving a fraud on the Court of Appeal was filed in the Supreme Court. 1275 views

Friday, 10 July 2015
Wellington lawyer Investigated After Falsifying Court Order 2352 views

Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Justice Department "fixes" trial of court employee Last week, on a quiet Monday afternoon in the Porirua District Court, Judge Arthur Tompkins dealt with a case that up until recently would have been put to a jury to decide whether or not the Crown had proven its case. 1306 views

Saturday, 7 September 2013
Kim Dotcom summoned to give evidence against John Banks Judge Edwin Paul of the Auckland District Court has made an Oral Evidence Order requiring Kim Dotcom. 928 views

Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Ministry of Economic Development refuses information request Ministry of Economic Development lawyer Grant Slevin, today rejected requests for further information about the policies adopted by the Official Assignee to allow the executor of a deceased estate to take bankruptcy proceedings against her own estate. 933 views

Sunday, 11 August 2013
Foss flip flops over insolvency policy Last month, the Minister for Commerce, the Hon Craig Foss answered a Parliamentary Question about the powers of the Official Assignee in New Zealand and advised that the OA had no power to override a statute. 855 views

Monday, 5 August 2013
Insolvency policy questioned The right to statutory set-off between legatees of a deceased estate is contained in the Insolvent Debtors Relief Act 1729 and the Debts Relief Amendment Act 1735, known together as the Statutes of Set Off. 770 views

Friday, 26 July 2013
Department for sick bird Last month on a New Zealand television news show, Levin pensioner Sam Probert was interviewed after staging a one-man rent revolt which led to him being evicted from his flat by police. 721 views

Saturday, 20 July 2013
Chief Justice against sending activist to jail Long-time judicial critic and activist Vince Siemer, will begin his prison sentence today for contempt of court following last week's Supreme Court ruling has found an ally in none other than Chief Justice Sian Elias. 876 views

Saturday, 13 July 2013
Website Publisher Ordered to Prison Website publisher Vince Siemer, the operator of "Kiwisfirst" and strident critic of New Zealand judges, has been ordered to commence a six week prison sentence today in the wake of a decision of the Supreme Court decision concerning publication of the decision of Justice Helen Winkelmann to refuse the alleged Urewera terrorists a jury trial. 732 views

Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Citizen's advocate wins pensioner housing case Citizens advocate Graham Mc Cready has won a case on behalf of Wellington tenants at Strathmore Court in Miramar. 744 views

Tuesday, 30 April 2013
John Banks Prosecutio​n Referred to Crown Law The private prosecution of Act Party leader, the Hon John Banks, over his failure to record donations to his mayoralty campaign.has been referred to the Solicitor General, Michael Heron, with a request that the Crown consider taking over the prosecution. 578 views

Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Watchdog nips lobbying judges 875 views

Monday, 8 April 2013
Solicitor General meets with protesters On Sunday, a small group of around 15 justice protesters concerned about access to justice and judicial accountability staged a peaceful hour long protest outside the Auckland home of New Zealand's Solicitor General, Michael Heron QC. 1295 views

Thursday, 5 July 2012
Wellington District Court swamped with backlog The Wellington District Court court has advised Crown and defence counsel that the court system is being swamped with a backlog of cases and a stakeholders meeting will be held at the court on the 27th of July 2012, seeking input from those concerned. 900 views

Saturday, 30 June 2012
Sir Peter Blanchard's swan song Rt Hon Sir Peter Blanchard has been a judge of the Supreme Court, New Zealand's final court of appeal, since 2004. 1232 views

Sunday, 24 June 2012
Forum proposes NZ Truth Commission The New Zealand Justice Forum is proposing that the government set up a Truth Commission in the wake of Patrick O'briens revelations that as a former undercover policeman he was responsible for numerous acts of perjury that led to convictions of people whose trust he'd gained. 1040 views

Sunday, 17 June 2012
Judge calls Judicature Act "Dickensian" Some "Dickensian" provisions in the New Zealand legal system should be updated because the Judicature Act had been amended many times and now had a "distinctly patchwork quilt" appearance, with gaps and overlaps in legislation, Law Commission president Sir Grant Hammond says. 839 views