Principal Environment Judge appointed
Acting Principal Environment
Judge Laurence Newhook has been appointed the permanent
Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General Christopher
Finlayson announced today.
Judge Newhook graduated LLB
(Hons) and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in
1972. He worked as staff solicitor and later partner at law
firm Towle and Cooper and successor firms Brandon
Brookfield, latterly Brookfields, until his appointment to
the Environment Court in 2001.
Judge Newhook has been
acting as Principal Environment Judge for the past two years
and has been actively involved in Courts administration.
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Gordon Campbell: On The Legal Fudging Of The GCSB Revelations
As many have noted, the Hager/Snowden revelations of the spying by our security agencies on our Pacific neighbours and allies is a virtual re-run of the pre-election debate.
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