The new Privacy Act came into force on 1 December 2020, providing a modified (and in certain respects more onerous) regime governing the collection, storage and use of information about identifiable individuals (referred to in the Act as ‘personal information’). In particular, the new Act requires any entity or person who holds personal information (referred… Read More.

Reposing trust and confidence in his integrity, knowledge and ability, Justice Peter Thomas Mahon was nominated, appointed and constituted as a Royal Commission, to inquire into, and report on, the crash of a DC10 aircraft at Mount Erebus, Antarctica. So began the Erebus report, pursuant to Letters Patent of King George V dated 11 May… Read More.

New Zealand has passed a law called the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (we will call it the AML/CFT law). The purpose of the law reflects New Zealand's commitment to the international initiative to counter the impact that criminal activity has on people and economies within the global community. Recent changes… Read More.

As the public adapts to the changes to drink driving limits, there has been a noticeable increase in the amount of people charged with driving with excess breath alcohol. The flow on effect is more convictions, more disqualifications and more applications for limited licences. Also known as a ‘work licence’, a limited licence allows someone… Read More.

[Autumn 2016] Internet users appear to expect it, and as a society we seem to be increasingly immune to it, but is that ‘trolling’ you’re doing (or suffering) online able to be actioned in court? The answer may be yes more often than you would anticipate. The mode of communication does not often determine the… Read More.

[Spring 2014] The Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (CPA) unequivocally represents the most comprehensive change to criminal law processes in over 50 years (A Practical Guide to Criminal Procedure in New Zealand, Ian Murray, 2013). The Act fully came into force on 1 July 2013, and the magnitude of the changes were urged upon us by… Read More.

[Autumn 2014] The idea of a right to a jury trial is so ingrained in New Zealand thinking that we often forget juries are unknown in continental Europe. They are part of our English inheritance, and lawyers from countries with different legal traditions regard our reliance on untrained lay people as bizarre. Nevertheless, juries are… Read More.

[Winter 2013] In 2012 a woman sued her boyfriend’s flatmate for hiding a video camera in the bathroom the two men shared, recording images of her while she showered. The couple became suspicious when they borrowed the flatmate’s laptop to watch a movie and found a file labeled with her name. They snuck into his… Read More.