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The Humpty Dumpty approach to the rule of law

A search of the final report of the independent review Regulating Lawyers in Aotearoa New Zealand reveals that “rule of law” appears 58 times. Notwithstanding the frequent use of the term and the report’s ...

Is our legal system failing women?

Many would argue that women have achieved equality in the law. But the impact of the law on women’s lives is not always plain to see. Sometimes even new laws fail women, say family lawyer Kesia Denhardt, a partner ...

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 – ...