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Election date should be fixed, committee told

Election date should be fixed, committee told
Wellington, July 12 NZPA - Electoral law experts have told a parliamentary committee there should be a set date for elections, rather than the government in power deciding when they are held.

Inmate voting ban undemocratic, Law Society says

Wellington, June 30 NZPA - A bill to ban prison inmates from voting in general elections is unnecessary, unhealthy and undemocratic, a select committee was told today.

Labour opposed to increased audio video use in courts

Labour opposed to increased audio video use in courts
Wellington, June 2 NZPA - Labour will oppose a bill allowing for the greater use of audio video links in courts, saying it denies defendants their fundamental civil liberties.

Whangarei lawyer appointed as district court judge

Whangarei lawyer appointed as district court judge
Wellington, April 20 NZPA - A Whangarei barrister has been appointed a district court judge. Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced the appointment of Gerard Thomas Winter today.

John Marshall To Head Accident Investigation Body

John Marshall To Head Accident Investigation Body
Wellington, March 4 NZPA - Lawyer John Marshall, QC, has been appointed chief commissioner of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) for the next five years.

Bank Raises Search And Surveillance Concerns

Wellington, Feb 25 NZPA - ANZ National Bank has joined the list of those concerned about aspects of a government bill giving police and other law enforcement agencies greater search and surveillance powers.

Law Society Welcomes Damning Legal Aid Report

Law Society Welcomes Damning Legal Aid Report
Wellington, Nov 27 NZPA - The New Zealand Law Society has welcomed today's damning review of legal aid which says a sea change is needed to fix the system.

Major Changes Needed To Fix Legal Aid -- Report

Major Changes Needed To Fix Legal Aid -- Report
By Paloma Migone for NZPA Wellington, Nov 27 NZPA - A review of legal aid has accused corrupt lawyers of exploiting the system for personal gain with plea delays and backhanded deals.

Recommendations In Legal Aid Review Report

Recommendations In Legal Aid Review Report
Wellington, Nov 27 NZPA - Recommendations from Dame Margaret Bazley's review of the legal aid system. * Disestablish The Legal Services Agency as a Crown entity and give its functions moved into the Ministry of Justice;

Major Changes Needed To Fix Legal Aid -- Report

By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Nov 27 NZPA - A damning review of legal aid says a sea change is needed to fix a system undermined by incompetent, unscrupulous and sometimes corrupt lawyers looking after their own interests.

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