We will publish Court-suppressed story - Family Court Group
We will publish Court-suppressed story, says Family Court Consumer Group
We will publish Court-suppressed story if it comes to us, says Family Court Consumer Advocacy Group.
The decision by Judge David Burns to gag the wife of an ex-MP from speaking out about her own experience, in the absence of any meaningful legal grounds to do so, is a chilling outcome for the freedom of speech, a breach of the Bill of Rights, and a clear indication that Judge Burns has learned nothing from his experience of having a number of his decisions overturned by the High Court, says Steve Taylor, Convenor of a Family Court Consumer Advocacy Groupwww.nzfamilycourt.com
“Judge Burns has once again defaulted to industry collusion with legal counsel, ignored the separation of powers between the Legislature and Judiciary that is supposed to exist in the New Zealand justice system, and is attempting to return the Family Court to the dark days of old, whereby “old boys club” secrecy and subterfuge was the order of the day, and Family Court Consumers were cannon fodder for the law profession, which even in 2014, many still are”.
“We would be happy for the MP’s ex-wife to make contact with us, and if she consents, we would be happy to publish her story. While we recognise the legal implication in this decision, we regard a 3 month prison sentence and / or a $2000.00 fine as a reasonable cost to protect and uphold freedom of speech, especially the freedom of speech of the truly vulnerable” said Mr Taylor.