Junior Barristers as McKenzie Friends – a new form of affordable legal assistance?

The decision in Craig v Slater (2017) NZHC  874 is a very interesting one for access to legal assistance. The case involves two now notorious characters – Colin Craig, a politician, and Cameron Slater, a blogger. My interest here is in the decision to allow a paid McKenzie friend to sit next to Mr Craig …

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Litigants are not “customers”

Litigants are not "customers". Litigation is a public good and language from the Ministry that suggests otherwise is something we should all be worried about.

Triage – a clinical cover for under-resourcing?

Triage is a concept long associated with managing medical emergencies. The OED defines it as: The assignment of degrees of urgency to wounds or illnesses in order to decide the order or suitability of treatment. Triage is done is three categories (hence the “tri”) with “1” being the most urgent and “3” the least. The …

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A Field Trip to the Bankruptcy List

I’ll come clean now about the fact that one of my favourite things to do in whatever town or city I’m in is to go into a court that is in session and watch. It isn’t everyone’s idea of tourism but I love to see the different styles of courtrooms, watch the local lawyers, and …

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Can we please stop talking about “Rolls Royce justice”?

I’m suggesting we drop the inaccurate, elitist analogy of "Rolls Royce justice" and choose our words and images more carefully. We use analogy because it is powerful; so let’s find a better one.