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


Former Judge Takes On Advocacy Role

Friday, 19 April 2002

Associate Minister of Justice Hon Margaret Wilson today announced the appointment of Robert Hesketh as the Director, Human Rights Proceedings.

As Director, Mr Hesketh will head the Office of Human Rights Proceedings within the Human Rights Commission. The Office and the Director are responsible for ensuring complainants taking cases under the Human Rights Act are adequately represented.

Margaret Wilson said Mr Hesketh has the appropriate experience and skills for this advocacy position.

“He has 20 years experience in the criminal justice system. He is a LEADR accredited mediator and has been guest instructor for LEADR at courses. He was a Tenancy Adjudicator for eight years and has been active in a number of community organisations such as Citizens Advice Bureaux and Lifeline.”

Margaret Wilson acknowledged Mr Hesketh had been guilty of an error of judgement while a District Court Judge, but said even in his troubles he had acted with integrity.

“He was honest in the way he went about dealing with both the criminal and disciplinary charges which resulted,” she said.

“The government feels it is important people like Mr Hesketh are allowed to get on with their lives and make their positive contribution to the community.”

Mr Hesketh will take up his appointment on June 1.

Former Northland District Court judge Robert Hesketh resigned from his job after deciding to plead guilty in January 1997 to fraudulently claiming $815 in travel expenses. He was fined $8000 in the Auckland District Court and struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors the following September. Robert Hesketh’s colleague, Judge Martin Beattie, denied 45 fraud charges involving travel expenses totalling $10,000 and was acquitted.

The Law Practitioners’ Disciplinary Tribunal unconditionally re-admitted Mr Hesketh to the roll of barristers and solicitors in May 1999 noting he was a person of “real integrity, probity and trustworthiness”.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news