Time to put a stop to the nonsense

Convicted blackmailer, tax cheat, fraudster and bankrupt Graham McCready may well have got the scalp of John banks but the nonsense of people like him using the judicial system to bully and threaten people must be brought to an end.

On June 9 McCready lost another case, in the Supreme Court, and has been ordered to pay costs of $2500 plus disbursements after he sought leave to appeal?against a judgment of Stevens J dismissing his challenge to a decision by the Registrar of the Court of Appeal not to
dispense with security for costs.?The security required of the applicant was $5,880. The appeal to the Court of Appeal is against an order of adjudication in bankruptcy made against the applicant based on non-payment of an order for costs made against him in earlier proceedings.


So he doesn’t pay his court ordered bills, gets found bankrupt, appeals that, then loses again increasing the costs.

He is still a bankrupt and now he has even more bills to pay to the taxpayer of New Zealand.

For a start?he shouldn’t be allowed to start more cases when he’s not able to pay his current ones.

The whole problem in the court system is their bending over backwards for litigants in person. Allowing silly, vexatious or bullying cases to be held, which generally cost the target of the case a considerable amount of money in defending or fighting off. Often too the court bends over backwards to litigant in person?frustrating everyone else who have retained legal counsel because they have to abide by rules that the litigant in person refuses to adhere too.

The problem too is exasperated by the unnecessarily complex filings and pleadings rules which are arcane at the best of times. Compounding all that is the cost of legal representation.

More and ?more people simply cannot afford to fund costly legal cases, thereby handing a win by default to the litigant in person.

If you do stand up to them and defend yourself at considerable cost, and eventually win, it takes a huge amount of time, resources and money and then the court takes pity on the litigant in person and wards a paltry sum in costs against them.

You may win the case but ultimately you lose with bills in excess of $50,000.

The litigant in person laughs all the way out of the court even if they lost.