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Government Prices Justice Off The Market

Government Prices Justice Off The Market

New Zealand First Justice spokesperson Dail Jones has accused the Government of being hypocritical in its greedy increase in court fees.

“On one hand the Government has said it wants more access to the courts but on the other hand it is denying access to them by imposing hefty fee increases.

“The increase in district court filing fees from $45 in 2001 to $140 by 1 July 2004 is a disgrace and shows the administration of justice by Labour is based on hypocrisy and is clearly a shambles.

“How can the Government justify these colossal fees? Hearing fees in the district court have increased from $145 in 2001 to $750 in 2004.

“The Supreme Court renovations of some $25million plus are clearly being financed by these higher charges. Did anyone who supported the abolition of appeals to the Privy Council realise that access to justice would be compromised by the Government?”

Mr Jones said it was interesting to note that Employment Court charges have been left alone – obviously in response to demands from trade unions.

“Access to justice through the courts is the right of every citizen. Unfortunately Labour is creating a system in which only the rich have rights.”

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