Charges dropped for man accused alongside runaway lawyer of pressuring witnesses to stop talking with police

Charges dropped for man accused alongside runaway lawyer of pressuring witnesses to stop talking with police

A man jointly accused with an Auckland lawyer of attempting to pervert the course of justice by pressuring two witnesses to stop co-operating with police has seen his charges dropped.

Courtroom tears as Queen St assault accused to be charged with manslaughter

Courtroom tears as Queen St assault accused to be charged with manslaughter

A young Auckland bartender will face a manslaughter charge after allegedly assaulting a man who later died.

Joseph Antonio Halaholo Larson, 20, appeared today in the Auckland District Court to seek bail from Judge Rob Ronayne.

Jerico Telea was left in a critical condition after what police said was a serious assault on Queen St near Vulcan Lane at about 4.20am on Saturday.

The 24-year-old later died in hospital on Monday afternoon.

Sione Moala jailed two and a half years for bar attack that left victim without an eye

Sione Moala jailed two and a half years for bar attack that left victim without an eye

A 29-year-old man who viciously attacked a father outside an Auckland bar has been sentenced to two-and-a half years in prison.

Sione Moala appeared at Auckland High Court on Tuesday after being found guilty of wounding with intent to injure and fighting in a public place. He would not be eligible for parole.

Lawsuit looms after intrusive searches, $375k payout for women prisoners

Lawsuit looms after intrusive searches, $375k payout for women prisoners

Corrections has apologised to 15 women and paid them $25,000 each in compensation after inmates faced intrusive "internal searches" when they were suspected of concealing contraband.

The illegal searches were carried out for a decade - and no contraband was found.

National Commissioner Rachel Leota said she apologised "unreservedly" to the women involved.

Muslim Culture and Wellbeing Advisory Group formed

Muslim Culture and Wellbeing Advisory Group formed

JustCommunity is an organisation set up to support government services to the community across the legal and social sectors. Recent work has included a report to the UN Universal Periodic Review on Maori access to Rehabilitation and the running of a unique extremism rehabilitation program with Corrections. It has combined our knowledge of the faith and Muslim community in NZ, with multi-disciplinary knowledge and awareness to provide complex professional advice. Our website hosts information about the complex cultural needs and supports via this initiative.

First Kiwi jailed for distributing extremist propaganda granted parole

First Kiwi jailed for distributing extremist propaganda granted parole

The first New Zealander jailed for possessing and distributing extremist propaganda will be released on parole as he is no longer deemed a risk to public safety.

In June 2016 Imran Patel was jailed for three years and nine months after admitting possessing, making and distributing extremist videos.

The court heard that he disseminated the videos through text to 52 people and when police raided his home he was found with material showing extreme violence and torture.

Law Society Taskforce focused on culture change

Law Society Taskforce focused on culture change

The Law Society’s ‘Culture Change Taskforce’ has met for the first time on its commitment to ‘drive and guide systems and culture change within the legal community’.

The Taskforce was one of the Law Society’s initiatives in response to its Legal Workplace Environment Survey which was released in late May. The survey showed nearly one in three female lawyers has suffered sexual harassment at work and more than half of all lawyers have been bullied in the workplace.

Two charges dropped against man accused of sexual assaults at Labour Party summer camp

Two charges dropped against man accused of sexual assaults at Labour Party summer camp

A 20-year-old man accused of sexual assaults at a Labour Party summer camp has had two charges against him withdrawn. 

The man was arrested in June and appeared in the Auckland District Court where he originally pleaded not guilty to six charges of indecent assault relating to four complainants. 

The arrest came after allegations a man sexually assaulted four teenagers, aged 16 to 18 years old, during the Waihi camp in February. 

Labour Party youth camp accused allowed to keep his name secret until any trial ends

Labour Party youth camp accused allowed to keep his name secret until any trial ends

The man charged with indecently assaulting people at a Labour Party youth camp has been allowed to keep his name secret until the end of any trial.

Police did not oppose continued name suppression at a hearing this afternoon in the Auckland District Court.

His lawyer, Emma Priest, told Judge Russell Collins she was not seeking permanent suppression at this stage, but left open the possibility of applying for it in future.

What I've learned from my two years as a barrister

What I've learned from my two years as a barrister

Find your people: Join a chambers (or at least have strong networks). I would not do without our chambers lunches and margarita Mondays (though not every Monday!). Law is hard work. Having great chambers mates to talk your files through with, get advice from and moral support when things go to custard is invaluable. It also helps you keep up-to-date with the law. We also share resources (PO box, doco bins, copiers, internet, cleaners, etc).