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Tue 9th May 2006

Discount Justice.

Filed under: Domestic Violence,General,Law & Courts — Downunder @ 12:30 am

Cheap today, cheaper than yesterday….

Chief Family Judge Peter Boshier claims the Family Court has become a ‘supermarket court with judges expected to rule on everything from choices of school to choices of surname.

2004-0422 – Dominion Post – Court too busy to do its job says judge
The Family Court is too busy to do its core work properly and will have a hard job regaining public confidence, its new top judge Peter Boshier says. In a nod to men’s rights groups that claim the Family Court is biased against fathers, Judge Boshier said many men were disenfranchised from their children because the court failed to deal with abuse and violence cases quickly.

2004-0422 – NZ Herald – Judge calls for open, efficient Family Court
by Stuart Dye – The court’s ability to deal with domestic violence cases and abuse of children is so compromised by a mass of other work that there are unacceptable delays, says Principal Family Judge Peter Boshier. In a speech to the Auckland Family Courts’ Association, held behind closed doors, Judge Boshier said there needed to be a clear gate-keeping process to identify cases suitable for mediation. …… Judge Boshier said there was a need for more transparency in the court processes.

2004-0422 – Stuff – Judge calls for key changes to Family Court
NZPA – Criticism that the Family Court is biased and overly secret is often “extravagant and misplaced”, says Principal Family Court Judge Peter Boshier but he admits the court could perform a lot better. Judge Boshier, who took over the position of principal judge last month, made the comments tonight in a speech delivered to the Auckland Family Courts Association. Judge Boshier said while many of the broadsides directed at the court were overstated, there were several key areas where the court could improve its performance.

2006-0508 What does he say now…. Family Court Judges will not be intimidated.

(You may be getting a pat on the back from Helen, but the New Zealand Public is probably just a little disappointed.)

3 Responses to “Discount Justice.”

  1. Bevan Berg says:

    You have anger, please do not waste it, we desparately need it.
    The quotes in the text above are real quotes from 2004, I wasn’t creating a fiction.

  2. starr says:

    hey bevan
    have you send these historicalclippings to the media…?
    or even TV3?

  3. Wayne Pruden says:

    I find it both interesting and frustrating that Peter Boshiers first public comments made in his role as Principle Family Court Judge were made after I applied for custody of my only child, and almost 2 and a half years later I am still waiting for a custody hearing.
    This is far from acceptable, but even less acceptable, is that Peter Boshier refuses to investigate my complaints or answer any one of 24 questions I sent to him in a letter.
    It is the primary function of the Family Court to put my childs best interests first, but not only have they failed to do this in a satifactory time scale, they have failed to do it at all.
    A select committee enquiry into my case and other similar cases before the Family Court will undoubtedly find that the Family Court has not only failed to observe the best interests of children and abide by its own rules of conduct, but has breached many articles contained in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
    Peter Boshier must now respond and clean up the Family Court, or step down immediately before any more children and parents are adversly effected by this cruel and inhumane secret society.

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