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Archive for February, 2012

Should we have a tort of intrusion?

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

How far does our privacy tort stretch? Does it – should it – include offensive intrusions into someone’s affairs?
It is well established now that you can sue for invasion of privacy if someone offensively publishes sensitive private facts about you and there’s no redeeming public interest. A newspaper reveals you had an abortion as a […]

Well, you would be, wouldn’t you?

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Lovely NZ Herald headline:
Man critical after being set on fire

Offensive offence

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

A few years back, the censor banned this T-shirt (scroll down) depicting a masturbating woman and the words “Jesus is a cunt”. I questioned the ban.
Now the retailer who sold the T-shirts has been convicted for possessing them. I note that this offence also applies to everyone who owns such a T-shirt, whether they wear it or […]

Lawyer’s name suppression bid fails

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Criminal lawyer Barry Hart’s long attempt to have his name suppressed for his disciplinary tribunal charges has failed at the final hurdle, having also failed pretty much all the hurdles before that. The Supreme Court said:
The likely particular impact of publicity on [the person applying for suppression] will always be relevant, but it is untenable […]