Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Robson's Court Fee rort - as predicted

Richard Worth National Courts Spokesperson

19 October 2001

Robson's Court Fee rort - as predicted

At the end of the first week of Matt Robson's huge court fee increases, National Courts spokesman Richard Worth said that his worst fears had been realised.

"I warned in September that the Government would rush to put up fees after pushing their inadequate Court Fees Waiver Bill through the House. Ten days after the legislation was passed, court fees have been doubled or tripled in many cases," Mr Worth said.

"In just one week, the fees have led to several cases being dropped for reasons of cost, and the increases have come under sustained attack from the Law Society and many eminent lawyers.

On September 10, Mr Worth predicted 'These increases will do more to deny access to justice than any Bill that gives a court the power to waive fees for a select few.' "I am sorry to say that I have been proved right," Mr Worth said.

"I am particularly appalled by the manner in which this matter had been dealt with by the Courts Minister, Matt Robson.

"This is a revenue grab - pure and simple. What makes it worse, is that some New Zealanders are being denied access to justice because of the increased costs. Matt Robson treated Parliament and the legal profession in a cavalier fashion by rushing these increases through in the face of sustained and rational objections.

"Justice is paying the price for Matt Robson's transparent revenue grab," Mr Worth said

Ends



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Sir Michael Cullen’s Tax Reform

To ordinary wage and salary earners who (a) watch a slice of their gross income being taxed every week via PAYE and who also (b) pay GST on every single thing they buy, there has been something quite surreal about the centre-right’s angry and anguished reactions to the Tax Working Group’s final report... More>>

 
 

89 Cents An Hour: Govt Plans Fix For Minimum Wage For People With Disabilities

IHC is delighted that the Government is looking into replacing the Minimum Wage Exemption (MWE) with a wage supplement to ensure people with disabilities are paid at least the minimum wage. More>>

ALSO:

Te Waihanga: New Independent Commission To Tackle Infrastructure Issues

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga – will be established as an Autonomous Crown Entity to carry out two broad functions – strategy and planning and procurement and delivery support. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Action Against Poverty: Motels Profit From Housing Crisis

A single motel which charges up to $1,500 per week per room has received over $3 million worth of Government funds to provide emergency assistance, despite never having a Code Compliance Certificate – an offence under the Building Act – and receiving a series of longstanding complaints from occupants... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Alleged China Relations Crisis

If New Zealand’s relations with China are ‘deteriorating’ then you still need a microscope to detect the signs... More>>

ALSO:

Environment: Government To End Tenure Review

“Tenure review has resulted in parcels of land being added to the conservation estate, but it has also resulted in more intensive farming and subdivision on the 353,000 ha of land which has been freeholded. This contributed to major landscape change and loss of habitat for native plants and animals,” said Eugenie Sage. More>>

ALSO:

Bell Tolls: Big Changes, Grand Mergers Planned For Vocational Training

“At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke... More>>

ALSO:

Sallies' State Of The Nation: Progress Stalled In Reducing Inequality

The report shows a lack of tangible progress in key areas including record levels of household debt and a growing gap in educational achievement between poorer and more well off communities. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels