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Glaring omission in Judicial Matters Bill

Glaring omission in Judicial Matters Bill

National's Justice spokesman is criticising the focus of the Judicial Matters Bill, saying it fails to deal with the important issue of judicial appointments.

"The Attorney General wants a judicial complaints panel set up despite the fact there have been very few complaints and not one judge has ever been removed," says National's Richard Worth.

"What this Bill should be addressing is the critical issue of judicial appointments.

"The need for this has been made patently clear in representations to the Justice and Electoral select committee which is currently looking at the Bill scrapping the Privy Council.

"This is an important issue for the courts because the new Supreme Court Bill proposes to appoint new judges to a final appellate tribunal, and the processes of appointment must be transparent," says Mr Worth.

"Instead the Bill focuses on an unnecessary judicial complaints panel and a plan to increase the number of judges.

"Rather, the emphasis should be on better resourcing and sounder case management systems for the judiciary.

"This Bill is a disappointing piece of work in such an important area," says Mr Worth.

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