I have 9 convictions for breaching name suppression. All of the people I have named have since been convicted, they are ratbags without fail.
As a result of my campaign the law was changed and there has been a dramatic effect in case involving name suppression. The Manawatu Standard editorial explains.
A noticeable lifting of the veil of secrecy shrouding the country’s courtrooms since the introduction of tighter name suppression guidelines is a positive step towards much-needed transparency in our justice system.
As reported in today’s Manawatu Standard, the latest figures reveal the number of interim name suppression orders has dropped dramatically. Earlier this year, we revealed that the number of permanent name suppression orders being issued had also fallen markedly.
It seems that stricter guidelines introduced last year appear to have brought some semblance of sanity to an aspect of the justice system that had become vague, frustrating and, in some cases, simply bizarre.
Before clear criteria for the imposition of a suppression order were handed down to judges, it seemed any old reason would do. In many cases, no apparent reason at all was needed. In others this newspaper is aware of, judges have granted name suppression for people who have already been named in the media.
Then, of course, there was the infamous case of the prominent Palmerston North man granted permanent name suppression after admitting possessing hundreds of thousands of child pornography images. The judge’s rationale for doing so was essentially that naming him would have been upsetting for him and his children, and his wife would likely get a hard time at work. Read more »