Not enough judges apparently, but half of them are dud anyway

Hang on a minute, last week we heard that crime has dropped significantly, and Judith Collins was unhappy that judges were dragging the chain with cases.

This week we find that the judges are moaning that there aren’t enough of them…sounds like featherbedding to me.

New Zealand may only be months away from not having enough judges to hear cases.

The Weekend Herald understands there are concerns within the judiciary and the Ministry of Justice about the ability for the court system to cope with the workload facing judges.

The problem isn’t just restricted to Auckland, where court delays are well documented, but is a concern throughout the country.

It is an issue judges and court staff have been aware of for some time but it’s understood the ministry has now established a time frame where there will not be enough judges to hear cases. 

It’s believed Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue has been given dates when the limit is projected to be reached.

The Weekend Herald understands that is less than a year away and does not take into account the workload which will be placed under more strain when leave and sickness are factored in.

It could also be complicated if acting warrants issued to retired judges are not extended beyond next year, something legal sources believe will happen.

Fortunately the Justice Minister is having none of that.

Mrs Collins said then that she was sick of hearing that the best answer to addressing delays was to appoint more judges.

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

She said with crime rates dropping and fewer people to going to court, “it cannot be right, it does not compute”.

I think the problem is over half the judges are sopping wet liberal panty-waists in need of a swift kick in the seat of the pants.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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