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Urgent Court Wednesday : How to Access Family Law Precedents

Filed under: General — sharingiscaring @ 12:39 am Mon 9th May 2016

Hi guys,

Have Court on Wednesday 11.5.16.

Need to provide the Court with print outs of the decisions/orders made by the Court in the following cases. How can I find them please to print as a pdf to show the Court?

Yours faithfully
A father near the end

i. Ross-Taylor & Carson v Seldon (Family Court, Wellington FP 085/286/95, 18 Dec 1995)

ii. Fugle v Houlihan (Family Court, Fielding, 29 November 1991, FP 018/060/90, Judge Inglis QC)

iii. Stewart v Stewart (Family Court, Upper Hutt, 27 November 1991, FP 078/135/87, Judge Keane)

iv. Lynch v De Cleene (Family Court, Palmerston North, FP 015/16/90, 17 November 1992, Judge von Dadelszen)

v. G v G (Family Court, Bleinheim FP 006/032/88, 29 March 1994, Judge Frater)

vi. Nowakowsky v Bolstad (Family Court, Palmerston North, 26 June 1991, FP 054/336/90, Judge von Dadelszen)

vii. Logan v Logan (1990) NZFLR 319


  1. Most FC Judges would be familiar with that case law and have easy access to the published decisions without your providing copies. In your submission you simply need to quote the case law you are relying on to substantiate your argument. NZ Law Society may be able to help. Best wishes for your day in Court.

    Comment by JONO — Mon 9th May 2016 @ 1:47 am

  2. Thanks for your reply Jono and kind wishes.

    I am a kiwi and this Case is being heard in a nearby South Pacific Island nation. Its law is based on New Zealand law, NZ Judges work here, and NZ precedents are established but being a third world country the Court here often lacks access to the full resources available in NZ – hence I was suddenly advised that paper copies of any cited cases are required . . .

    Anyone know I can quickly access pdfs of the cases above please?

    Comment by sharingiscaring — Mon 9th May 2016 @ 8:07 am

  3. Lexius Nexus offer a 14 day free trial that you can sign up for and have access to their full database.
    I suspect given they are holding “public” information it is a requirement they make it available on a limited basis.
    Cost of their full database is about $10,000 per annum.

    Comment by Allan Harvey — Mon 9th May 2016 @ 12:29 pm

  4. Thank you Allan.

    Very kind of you to help.

    Have the Precedents I needed now thank you.
    For all the fathers out there representing themselves who need them this is what I did.

    Found the Precedents I needed on this site and in the book New Zealand Family Law in the 21st Century.

    Called the Law Society Library.
    Was told the cost and that they can only give them to lawyers.
    Arranged a credit card through a friend to call them ($17 a precedent).
    Found a lawyer to send an email saying they wanted the precedents.
    Law Society emailed the lawyer.
    Lawyer emailed them to me.
    Bought the lawyer lunch and gave her $50.

    Thank you again guys,
    Stay in the struggle!

    Comment by sharingiscaring — Mon 9th May 2016 @ 3:51 pm

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