Crusher taking on Dud Judges

Judith Collins has announced that she is taking on dud judges who are holding up the system.

She has been clever though and suggested they find a solution or else she will.

For the slower judges I’ll translate that for you…fix it fast or Crusher will.

Justice Minister Judith Collins is putting judges on notice that painfully slow delivery of reserve judgments will no longer be acceptable.

She is planning an overhaul of the way courts are run, aimed at getting faster judgments from slow judges, requiring audio visual court appearances for procedural cases involving prisoners, greater access to decisions for the public and requiring all courts to have a consistent approach to judicial conduct and recusal from cases – where judges stand aside. 

She says it will be the biggest reform in over 100 years of how courts are run and she wants to introduce a bill to Parliament by the end of the year.

Ms Collins is concerned about the length of time some judgments take and she is sick of hearing that the best answer to addressing delays is to appoint more judges.

“If I have heard that once I have heard it 100 times.”

But with crime rates dropping and fewer people going into court “it cannot be right; it does not compute”.

Rather than imposing her own plan on what is a reasonable time, she wants each judicial sector to come up with a plan: the Employment Court, the Environment Court; the Maori Land Court; the District Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

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