establishment of our own Supreme Court signals the coming of
age of our judicial system,” Council of Trade Unions
president Ross Wilson said today.
“It is demeaning for us
as an independent country that conservative parties want to
retain this last vestige of colonialism,” he said.
produce fine lawyers here who are in touch with our culture
and responsibilities, and who are the equal of judges from
the UK and other countries, including New Zealand, who sit
on the Privy Council,” Ross Wilson said
Ross Wilson said
there were many advantages in the prospective reform from
the point of view of the ordinary New Zealander.
increase access to justice at this level and at least give
the ordinary New Zealander the possibility of access to our
highest court at an affordable cost.
“But most importantly
it will be an expression of confidence in ourselves as a
Ross Wilson said abolition of the Privy Council
anachronism was long overdue.
“Arguments for retaining the
Privy Council on the basis that it is a high level justice
on the cheap for New Zealand are an embarrassment,” he
“The UK is talking about establishing its own
Supreme Court and we should abolish appeals to the Privy
Council before we are asked
The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi brings together over 350,000 New Zealand union members in 40 affiliated unions. We are the united voice for working people and their families in New Zealand.
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