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Thu 13th October 2005

Justice Ministry should be prosecuted for bungle

Filed under: Law & Courts — JohnPotter @ 8:33 am

Justice Ministry should be prosecuted for Family Court bungle
Press Release: New Zealand National Party

Nelson MP Nick Smith wants the Ministry of Justice prosecuted for publishing on its website sensitive Family Court information in which a family and children could easily be identified.

“This is a serious breach that undermines the confidence of tens of thousands of families who use the court,” says Dr Smith.

“The Solicitor-General last year saw fit to prosecute TV3, Radio New Zealand and myself for revealing far less information about a case.

“The family concerned are outraged that very personal information about their relationship and finances was put up on a public website when they could easily be identified. The website uses their initials, ages, the town they lived in, and the specific small business they ran together. The family was alerted by someone who immediately identified them from the government website.”

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