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Defamation damages to be determined by judge alone

Senior Courts Act 2016, s 16(4) – trial by judge alone on quantum in defamation proceeding – mixed questions of fact and law – Defamation Act 1992, s 30 – prolonged examination of documents – extensive pleading – ...

The power of rehabilitation

Sentencing – possession of methamphetamine for supply – conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine – unlawful possession of a firearm – home detention - culpability – Zhang v R [2019] NZCA 507– s 27 Sentencing Act ...

A complex caveat row

Successful application for caveat not to lapse. Land Transfer Act 2017 (LTA)-ss 138, 141-143 interpretation of LTA sections -caveat- caveatable interest-application to lapse caveat-application for caveat not to ...

In the name of AI

Appeal against decision of Assistant Commissioner of Patents – Patents Act 2013, ss 3, 5(1), 9, 22, 71, 73 – Patents Regulations 2014, reg 50 – artificial intelligence – whether “inventor” must be natural person – ...

Are we headed for a snap election?

“Chippy’s a killer.” The politico who vouchsafed this opinion of New Zealand’s new prime minister did not, of course, mean that Chris Hipkins was guilty of homicide – merely that he has an instinct for the ...

Making the case for a fused legal profession

So, we’ve traced the history of the English split profession. We now know why we have the division between barristers and solicitors and what each of them does on a day-to-day basis. That brings me on to the ...