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AI and deepfake vocals: whose voice was that?

Much of the discussion about AI has focussed on ChatGPT and in a recent LawNews article I explained how ChatGPT works, with examples of how it could be used here. But other innovations are showing what AI maybe ...

Home detention for manslaughter of infant son

Ngawhika was found guilty of the manslaughter of her infant son. The jury was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Ngawhika had intentionally suffocated her son but was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt ...

Dog’s death sentence upheld

Marsh Maihi Taikato pleaded guilty to a charge under s 57 of the Dog Control Act 1996 and appealed his sentence - that his dog, Bugaboo, be destroyed and he pay a total of $1,157 to the victim. His appeal was ...

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 – ...
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