Submission to Minister Justice – different time delays for litigants
Mike Wilding has been protesting outside Mr. John Key’s house in Parnell, complaining about excessive time delays in the family court, delaying and preventing his children from seeing him, for two years now.
Mike Wilding has passed his complaint on to Simon Powers Minister for Justice, who has agreed to look into time delays in any chronologies/cases submitted to his office. Although other issues are not guaranteed to be investigated, we will be highlighting other gross problems, such as decisions made against the evidence available to the family court, breaching rights of appeal by making them nugatory etc.
Please consider to supply your family court chronology and case file, to Mike or myself, for inclusion into this Justice Department invesitgation into the quality of the family court.
We are planning to copy these chronology/case files to several of the newspapers and stations that have given reasonable coverage to family court problems, Dominion, NZHerald, Sunday Star Times, Truth, TV3 and TV1 and maybe radio stations too, if the person agrees to this. These would be supplied in confidence, that is not for publication. (At present 6 people said yes and 1 no to sending their complaint to the media outlets.)
If you would like to add your file into the Justice Department investigation, then please forward a copy of it to me, if possible before the 14th of January 2008. You will also need to be available to sign the letter of transmittal, along with all of the other people. A copy on CD would be more convenient, than paper, but if you can only supply a paper copy, that will be fine. Please discuss with me by telephone, before sending anything. ph 09 638 7275
For the people who are available in Auckland, we hope to have a public signing in Parnell, with a toast as the courier bag is sealed, just prior to despatching to Simon Powers.
At present, we have 7 complete files ready to be submitted on the 18th January, but the Justice Department have said that they want to see the breadth of the problem. They are challenging us that there is really no significant problem at all!
This is not as good as a proper Commission of Enquiry, as requested by Wayne Pruden, but it could be a step on the way, if enough people support Mike’s initiative. If the number of cases supplied is small, then National will have justification for not making positive changes to the family court.
If you have concerns about blackmail by family court, please discuss these issues. There are no difficulties about supplying files to Justice Department (as they already have them anyway!). The copies to the media would be supplied in confidence, ie not for publication with names included.
If you would like to see two example chronologies, please contact me.
Please support Mike’s initiative and drive it through!
After submission, there will be more work to support these complaints so that something gets done. This will involve us also analysing the chronologies for signs of bias in the timings, bias and presenting this to the media who were supplied with the files.
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Best regards, MurrayBacon.