EJP Access Plea Bargaining Symposium Paper

Earlier this year, there was a public outcry surrounding the Crown’s decision to charge Moko Rangitoheriri’s killers with manslaughter, instead of murder. The decision to charge them with manslaughter was the result of a plea deal. Plea bargaining has historically been used by the defence in criminal court cases, but in recent years it has become increasingly used by the prosecution, arguably in …

Cross-Examination: Is Dairy Farming a Dud?

By Ashley Wainstein New Zealand is well known for its lush landscapes and green pastures, promoting a clean environment and unsoiled vista. As a nation, we are predominantly rural and our economic wellbeing has historically been founded upon maintaining a high level of exports in the dairy farming industry. The New Zealand dairy farming industry remains our biggest exporter to …

Cross-Examination: Too COOL for School – Is Reforming the Education Act The Right Thing To Do?

Isabel Ko Last week, the Education (Update) Amendment Bill was introduced in Parliament by Education Minister Hekia Parata, proposing to better support an evolving education system. [1] As a part of this amendment, the bill proposes to “to enable new partnerships between schools and online learning providers, and enable children and young people to access their education through online delivery.”[2] What …

Cross-Examination: Will the Ministry for Vulnerable Children Bring the Changes We Need?

Content Contributor, Claudia Russell   After repeated allegations of failing New Zealand’s most vulnerable, Child Youth and Family (CYF) is set to be replaced by a new Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, as of March 2017. After the system was restructured fourteen times, it was crystal clear that nothing short of a complete overhaul would bring positive change. Opposition …

Cross-Examination: The Blight of Rape Culture on New Zealand

Content Contributor Paht Satjipanon New Zealand is often considered a progressive country when it comes to what has been done in the field of gender equity, but the societal stigma surrounding those who are sexually assaulted still persists. According to a comparative study of 56 countries in The Lancet, New Zealand ranked third in terms of reports of sexual assault …

Cross-Examination: The Efficacy of Legal Assistance Services – Reviewing our legal aid practices and institutions 

Content Contributor, Pooja Upadhyay From physical prison gates to figurative glass ceilings, barriers can take many forms. Even an unassuming piece of paper can obstruct citizens from performing their fundamental legal rights. Papers for Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ), employment, or Accident Compensation applications are often difficult to find, and contain legal terminology. Among other things, community law centres …

Cross-Examination: Unconscious Decisions – Who Should Be Able to Say Yes to Clinical Trials?

Content Contributor, Jade du Preez Academics and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) have raised concerns over upholding consumer rights where clinical trials have been conducted on unconscious patients. What is in the best interests of the patient who cannot consent? The question is complex, and it is one that reasonable people may disagree on. However, the present relevant passage in the Code …