Articles tagged Justice

A newly-drawn member’s bill would introduce heavy fines for jurors and strengthen protection for judges against defamatory comments. But could it infringe on the public’s right to free speech? Shane Cowlishaw reports.

A group of political and legal academics has urged the Government to scrap its controversial waka-jumping bill, calling it an “undesirable and harmful” law which could damage New Zealand’s democracy.

Senior courts will soon be able to advise the Government that legislation is inconsistent with the Bill of Rights. The Government hopes it will add another check to Governmental power in New Zealand, but Thomas Coughlan reports this may just add bark to our ultimately toothless constitution. It doesn't hand ultimate power to the courts over Parliament, as some have hoped (or feared.)

After a year of huge ups and downs, Andrew Little is preparing for yet more change. He speaks to Shane Cowlishaw about his new ministerial roles and how he will make his mark.

Police Minister Stuart Nash has his “dream” job following Labour’s rise to Government. He talks to Shane Cowlishaw about why he is in favour of police pursuits, the potential of a crack “flying squad” of officers and how he will ramp up the force’s numbers.