Ministry accused of breaking the law

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

The Ministry of Justice has been accused of breaking the law with regard to family court decisions.

The claim comes after a woman involved in a custody dispute was identified, from information on the family court website. And she believes she’s not the only one affected.

Publicly identifying people in family court cases carries a maximum fine of $10,000 dollars or three months in prison.

One News would be breaking the law if it showed you the woman’s face because she is involved in a custody dispute, so she was shocked when a neighbour recognised the sensitive details of her property dispute with her ex on the family court’s new website.

A quick search on Google and the Ministry Website shows that the site has been taken down and the following message is listed in it’s place.

Access to the decisions on the website has been disabled temporarily to effect some necessary changes. As soon as these have been completed access will enabled.

Anyone with a modicum of knowledge of search engines can with a few clicks find what all the fuss is about. It certainly looks bad from my point of view considering what is available a few mouse clicks away.

Who ever is the Web Administrator at the Ministry should have their arse kicked for a pathetic attempt at hiding the evidence after TVNZ went looking.

UPDATE: They have taken down the pdf links now.


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