The announcement of the appointment of 21 new District Court Judges, by Attorney-General David Parker, will be greeted with relief and acclaim by many in the legal profession, says New Zealand Bar Association President, Kate Davenport QC.
The New Zealand Bar Association congratulates Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu on her appointment as Law Commission President. Professor Kawharu will take up her new role on 11 May 2020.
NZBA President, Kate Davenport QC, notes the importance of the role of the Law Commission in reviewing the law of New Zealand and suggesting needed reforms. “Not only do the Commission’s reports pave the way for new and better legislation, but it also informs practitioners in their work before the courts. This is a critical post and Professor Kawharu is well placed to lead the Commission in the future.”
The New Zealand Bar Association has urged Parliament to balance carefully the need to reform legislation in respect of sexual violence with the need to ensure that only the guilty are convicted.
The Association told the Justice Select Committee that some of the proposed reforms in the Sexual Violence Bill will endanger the fair trial rights of New Zealanders and that there is existing legislation that could be used to ensure that complainants/victims are protected from unnecessary trauma.