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appeals – info

Filed under: Law & Courts — JustCurious @ 5:47 pm Wed 22nd November 2017

I want to learn about appeals from family court.
Hope it can be of service to others.

Any experience or links to info welcome.

Many please and in thanks of you


  1. We don’t have much experienced with the Appeal Courts. Many appeals are not given leave to proceed at all. I don’t think self-representation would even be accepted in that legal arena. Legal Aid will likely be readily available if you qualify.

    Comment by Ministry of Men's Affairs — Fri 24th November 2017 @ 9:58 am

  2. I disagree. Alan Candy appealed an Auckland City Council parking ticket, representing himself, to the Court of Appeal. It can be done, and his experience would be a good basis.

    Comment by Downunder — Fri 24th November 2017 @ 11:39 am

  3. Ok, good to know. Still, it will be tall order to play in the lawyers’ own arena.

    Comment by Ministry of Men's Affairs — Fri 24th November 2017 @ 12:34 pm

  4. MoMA
    @1 Not much experience…
    not many cases that have gone so far or;
    too complex so we don’t deal with them?

    @3 Tall order…
    what’s at play?

    That’s a long way to go to fight a parking ticket?
    How did he fare?

    Comment by WrongGender — Fri 24th November 2017 @ 1:02 pm

  5. #4 Wrong Gender: I can’t answer for the man, but if you can’t find him, I believe you would find the answer in the Auckland City Council Minutes.

    Comment by Downunder — Fri 24th November 2017 @ 3:06 pm

  6. Thanks both for reading and contributing.
    Have had to edit original post just to keep some semblant of anonymity.
    I do wonder however if the site ever gets updated in regards to precedents?

    Comment by WrongGender — Fri 24th November 2017 @ 5:37 pm

  7. Kia ora WrongGender,
    I have been in High Court on appeal for Family Court matters several times.
    It is an intimidating environment and normally the applicant has a difficult task.
    Normally I just take on defense against applications and everyone we have defended has been successful so far.
    The Judge club is a fairly elite group. They are a tight bunch. Appeals are where somebody outside the club is critising the decision of someone inside the club. Senior club members like to protect newer and more junior members. Yes club rules say things need to be tidy, following the rules, following the respected club traditions but protecting the reputations and decisions of club members is important for the grandiosity of the club itself.
    Get in contact with me directly WrongGender if you have a serious interest in appeals that is not to do with your own case. High Court is quite a different environment that Family Court and I have not gone any higher than that myself. Allan

    Comment by allan harvey — Sat 25th November 2017 @ 11:19 am

  8. I have taken a family court decision to high court and won.
    They actually use evidence and facts there. Makes a difference.

    Comment by A dad — Sun 26th November 2017 @ 9:20 pm

  9. Hi Allan @ 7, good to her from you re appeal. How do I contact you?
    Hi A dad @ 8, nice to hear too. Would be great to reach you also.

    Many thanks

    Comment by WrongGender — Tue 28th November 2017 @ 8:56 am

  10. Thanks answered my own question.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Comment by WrongGender — Tue 28th November 2017 @ 9:03 am

  11. Hi, Have tried emailing you both Allan and a dad, but no reply.
    Need access to certain decisions but a google search seems useless.
    NZLII seems useless. Any assistance welcome.

    Comment by WrongGender — Tue 5th December 2017 @ 9:34 am

  12. allan.harvey”at”

    Comment by Allan Harvey — Tue 5th December 2017 @ 6:48 pm

  13. @ 12 You might want to check your junk mail box then. thanks

    Comment by WrongGender — Thu 7th December 2017 @ 4:20 am

  14. I am looking for any precedent in family court that has been brought on appeal to High Court.
    And only related so far to Care of Children Act 2004.
    Anyone out there with a link or pertinent info is welcome to comment.
    Finn V Poole, or F v P for some strange reason I cannot find [2015] NZHC 1362

    Comment by WrongGender — Mon 11th December 2017 @ 9:43 am

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