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Internet Judges Should Consider Resignation

“Justice Fisher and the other District Court Judges should seriously consider whether resignation is not the only way to maintain the respect of working people for the judiciary,” Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson said today.

“Over the past two days the CTU has fielded many telephone calls from union members pointing out that they would have been disciplined, and probably dismissed, if they had been caught accessing sex films on their work computers.”

“They have raised questions about double standards if Judges stay in office in situations where they would be fired,” he said.

“They have also seen other cases in the past few years where judges have clung to office despite unjudicial conduct.”

Ross Wilson said that the independence of the judiciary must be respected and it seems equally clear that there is no basis for a parliamentary motion to remove the judges from office.

“But that simply puts a great responsibility on the judges themselves to protect the integrity and reputation, and the independence of, the judiciary,” he said

“Justice Fisher, and the other judges, should seriously consider resignation if, on a review of their conduct, they conclude that this is the only way to ensure continued respect for the judiciary in the eyes of ordinary New Zealanders”.


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