Articles: Litigation

Hate Speech - What is it?

The term ‘hate speech’ does not appear in any New Zealand legislation. A general definition could be:

Any form of communication that is threatening, abusive or insulting to a serious degree against a group or a member of a group on the basis of a shared characteristic of that group such as religion, national origin, skin colour, race, etc.


Dog Walkers Beware!

The recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Low v New Plymouth District Council has important repercussions for both dog owners and anyone who looks after dogs for others.


What is a Legal Executive?

A Legal Executive is a person who works as a trained assistant to a lawyer in a legal environment and belongs to the New Zealand Institute of Legal Executives. A Registered Legal Executive is one who is registered with the Institute and is a member of the Institute.


Witness Intimidation

It sounds like the plot of a bad movie. Retail assistants rat on cheapskate boss. Boss hires local gang members to pay them a visit and “suggest” they should withdraw their case. Coming soon to a cinema near you!

Except this actually happened. In real life. In 21st Century New Zealand.