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We don’t need no stinking press regulation

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

The Herald’s lawyer, Alan Ringwood, argues that we don’t need any statutory press regulation in NZ. Don’t listen to Levenson, he says. We don’t need to go there. (Full article here). I guess it’s not a news flash that the Herald’s lawyer would oppose statutory restrictions on the Herald. But I’m interested in his argument. […]

TV3 broadcasts “I shot the prick” tape extract

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Here. Was it legal? As I understand it, there’s still an application before the High Court for access to the deleted part of the tape from the Court file. It might be happening right now. But I’m not aware of any decision granting access yet. TV3 told us that “the Supreme Court said the material […]

New High Court search rules

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

There are new rules about access to court documents (including exhibits), both criminal and civil. They are more detailed and to some extent more liberal than the old ones. They open up a range of documents  subject to the overriding power of a judge to seal them. Some documents, however, can only be searched with the leave […]

Nice Job 3

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

This week also sees a ripper of a decision from Justice Harrison, overturning Judge Treston’s ruling that the media can’t have a copy of the videotape evidence from the unsuccessful prosecution of the police officers accused of assaulting Rawiri Falwasser with batons and pepper spray in custody. (I have criticised Judge Treston’s decision here). Among […]

Fair enough?

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

In Which Steven Writes Another Overly Long Post About A Controversial But Potentially Significant BSA Appeal, And Starts Off Disagreeing With The Judge, But Winds Up Coming Close To Changing His Mind, Perhaps Because She Cites His Article.    Justice Mallon has overturned a Broadcasting Standards Authority decision that found a Close Up programme unfair (search for “Heather Green” here). I discussed the original decision here. To […]

Access Denied

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Judge Patrick Treston has refused to allow the media access to video evidence in the assault case against police officers at Whakatane. He reportedly said the media coverage would probably be unfair and would “prejudice” the officers, who had been acquitted. Perhaps he was referring to ongoing employment issues and an Independent Police Conduct Authority investigation. […]

Helpful access-to-court-records case

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

This judgment from Harrison J is a useful addition to journalists’ armoury in their ongoing battle for access to court files. The Sunday News wanted to see the file on Matthew Ridge’s leaky home litigation. The Registrar refused, saying that the paper needed to show “an interest [in the case] greater than that of the public at […]

Comments on Rogers case

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

The missing angle in the media Did anyone in the media report that virtually all the Supreme Court judges seem to believe that, as Blanchard J puts it, “the police would appear to have acted beyond their powers” in releasing the videotaped confession to the media, because they are required to treat evidence as secret […]