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Success using the precedents you provided

Filed under: Law & Courts — JohnPotter @ 3:36 pm Mon 7th February 2005

Kia ora Folks

I had a notable success in the Dunedin Family Court [recently] with the help of the precedents provided on your website. I am a self representing litigant.

Three years ago after my children and I sought help from the “domestic” violence we were enduring from their mother I was taken from our home by her exparte application for a Protection Order. After 2 years of expensive and ineffective lawyers ($25,000)I went back to University (after 25 years away)and am now starting my third year of Law this year.

Thanks for the help, I am committed to service now and although i don’t want to be a lawyer I see myself with a task to do. Ironically, given the bizzare allegations we have endured, I trained as a child therapist 25 years ago and my children, aged from 30 to 7 years have steadfastly denied the legitimatcy of this process throughout.

We have been assisted by a new Family Court Judge here called Emma Smith, amazingly, despite her gender, an honest person with a confidant and sparky manner. A change in C$C has also helped as the previous one called Rachel Cardosa has damaged many children and men through her dishonest and sick ignorance of childre’s needs.

Another item that may be of interest.

Last year the Dunedin Family Court commissioned a 29A report in response to further allegations by the children’s mother. Happily the report completely vindicated our stance and the Court instantly doubled our family times (access. Court staff initially declined to give me a copy of the report (saying I could only read a copy there.

As it was 10,000 words I felt this a significant disadvantage) I must stress that the staff here are very fair and helpful. They phoned several other Courts, who all said they also only gave copies to lawyers, then at my firm insistence they contacted a Judge in ChCh who was available to give a ruling. The Judge agree with my point which I had thought was quite clear,(see Section 29A 3 A) and issued a direction that I was to be given a copy.

Enough of the rant, I just wanted to share my great news and pass on my appreciation,
Heart Song Express
P.O.Box 6057 Dunedin North
theedge [at]

1 Comment »

  1. Good on you mate my second s29a report recommended to the sick family court that I am to see the children with a security guard present in a couple of years time -maybe? I have since seen them twice with my girl friend as supervisor.

    Comment by Peter Burns — Mon 7th February 2005 @ 3:55 pm

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