EJP Access Neurodisability and Therapeutic Jurisprudence

Approximately one in four New Zealanders are limited by a physical, sensory, learning mental health or other impairment. People affected by neurodisabilities are placed in an extremely vulnerable situation when they come into contact with the justice system. As a result, neurodisability has become a complex issue for New Zealand’s criminal justice system, and is an issue of growing concern due …

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 …

The Rights of Transgender People in Prison Symposium Paper

There is a pressing need to consider the nature of the problems that are being faced by transgender prisoners, and also the ways in which those problems can be realistically and effectively addressed. This is a research paper compiled by the Equal Justice Project’s Access volunteers for presentation at our Symposium on the Rights of Transgender People in Prison. In …

EJP Outreach Euthanasia Symposium Paper

Click here to view the Euthanasia Symposium Paper. The euthanasia debate has been ignited following Lecretia Seales’ public plight to clarify the state of New Zealand’s law on euthanasia. In June of 2015, the High Court ruled that medical assistance to help Ms Seales die at a time of her own choosing would be against the current law, and that …

Outreach: Submission on Legislative Responses to Future National Emergencies

The Outreach team aims to raises awareness and encourage discussion of legal issues and challenges that arise in today’s justice system, both within the University and the wider community. As part of this work, Outreach recently completed a submission to the Regulations Review Committee on Parliament’s legislative response to future national emergencies. This submission discusses the propriety of conferring unchecked executive …