Colin Craig is in court against Jordan Williams in the first of a long line of defamation cases. My turn will be next year when Mr. Craig will get to face up to Brian Henry who is running my case.
Jordan Williams has finally managed to haul Craig into court and his case starts on Monday.
Meanwhile, down the hall from courtroom 13 and the Dotcom trial there will be a different sort of celebrity – kind of Spiderman to Marvel’s Kingpin – with the commencement of the Colin Craig defamation trial. The case, brought by Jordan Williams, executive director of the Taxpayers Union, is set down for an indeterminate time but could potentially run for much of the length of Dotcom’s marathon.
The case, you will recall, involved various claims made by former Conservative Party leader alleging various claims against Mr Williams and others. Mr Williams launched his action (Peter McKnight acting) against Mr Craig (Stephen Mills QC and John McKay acting) after comments made at a media conference and via a “leaflet” distributed to over 1.6 million letterboxes. The remarks and “leaflet” made, in part, allegations involving alleged sexual harassment by Mr Craig of his former press secretary Rachel MacGregor.
The case involves two fight-to-the-death stalwarts with an interesting history involving six pages of “notes or jottings” made by Ms MacGregor and which Justice Kit Toogood considered in a June decision. Specifically he looked at the notes in terms of their status regarding a claim Ms MacGregor made under the Human Rights Act as “preparatory materials”.
The notes allegedly recorded incidents in which Mr Craig might have been said to have behaved in a manner amounting to sexual harassment. Justice Toogood directed the notes should be disclosed to the parties in order that they can properly prepare their claims and defences.
Whether Ms MacGregor will be called to give evidence regarding her making the notes and what they allege remains to be seen. But we wouldn’t imagine we would need to hold our collective breath on that. Time, and Ms MacGregor, will doubtless tell.
What will be interesting is to see if Colin Craig manages to get Nicky Hager in to give evidence and where that goes.
I think by the end of this case there will be no doubt as to the integrity of Colin Craig. There will certainly be some interesting revelations I’m sure, and a whole lot more entertaining than the other high-profile case in the same court.