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Family Court Inquiry 2018

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 12:12 pm Wed 25th July 2018

If you’re out there at the coal face, no doubt you can smell the campaign fires burning. We’re seeing the smoke signals waving to each other through our technology.

Fifteen 15 years ago Jan Doogue described the court she had been part of as a failed experiment. It’s struggled from crisis to crisis ever since.

The current crisis, a backlog of applications clogging up the court process. Judges hours have been relocated from the District Court to try and alleviate the problem. We have a massive court system; for our small country we own one that’s bigger than what our Australian neighbours need to manage their society.

That might need to be a question worth considering; How have we come to need this massive judicial structure?

But even before we get underway, with this inquiry, well known system activists like Jacqui Blue and Jan Logie have been painting the grim picture at the United Nations, a country that is failing women, a court system that is biased against women.

They’re demanding the next best thing to a state of emergency, a Royal Commission of Inquiry. Justice Minister Andrew Little tells us government already knows what the problems are. Correct me if I’m wrong but he’s recommended a three person review panel reporting to his office about what they already know, while the selection process for a new Family Court Principal Judge finds a replacement for the retiring Lawrence Ryan – a man who looks prematurely aged if not ill from his experience.

If posts on this site are a reflection of how bad things could be, then surely the years of the last Labour Ministry destroyed the ambitions of many more fathers than recent years have.

To know it didn’t have the same level of corruption as many of us experienced would in itself be an unknown blessing in a secret court.

The public confusion, continues to grow, while campaigns and misinformation abound; spread by the well-oiled Feminist machine, out to advance the desperate case of female litigants forced to seek refuge behind the lace curtain. The public simply doesn’t understand this. They own preconceived ideas about what might be going on, but really, they’d be more informed about cannabis reform than family outcomes provided by the court system.

So, where do we go from here?

Will this be any more than a political whitewash and a new administration stumbling through the mess?

Are we going to regress to the volatile days from 20 years ago when young ideological lawyers ripped families apart in the name of Feminist progress?

Will this review consider only the need to make every woman a winner in another court of injustice?


  1. From Andrew Little today;

    I’ve announced a re-write of the 2014 Family Court Reforms. Three experts have been appointed to hear from people affected by and with an interest in the Family Court, including survivors of family violence and fathers

    Comment by Evan Myers — Wed 1st August 2018 @ 3:49 pm

  2. Hallelujah.. Do we know who the appointed experts are?

    Comment by mama — Wed 1st August 2018 @ 3:56 pm

  3. Here’s a link

    Comment by Evan Myers — Wed 1st August 2018 @ 3:56 pm

  4. This appears to be the same political dogma

    “I’ve directed the Panel to take a human rights approach when considering improvements to ensure that welfare and best interests of the children are paramount when settling disputes about their care.

    Quoted from the link above.

    Comment by Evan Myers — Wed 1st August 2018 @ 4:13 pm

  5. Would be good if they introduced the use of the polygraph testing in cases of false allegations.

    Comment by mama — Wed 1st August 2018 @ 4:22 pm

  6. Rosslyn Noonan is a Labour Party lap dog. Unionist but most importantly spent years representing women kindi teachers. She was then a Human Rights Commisioner and we know how men were treated by her during her tenure.

    La-Verne was a founding partner of law firm King Alofivae Malosi based in Auckland which assisted in the growth and development of many Maori and Pasefika women lawyers. She is part of a all women law firm, and has created maternity leave schemes.

    Chris Dellabarca is a senior Lawyer for Child, in a Law firm specialising in being Lawyer for Child.

    So we have 2 people who clearly hate men and 2 people who rely on conflict in the system to make a living.
    They will also have some expert help from within the “system”

    The only people that will benefit from this will be women and Lawyers.

    Mr Little. You said this.

    “A human rights approach will ensure everyone’s perspectives are considered, including survivors of family violence, and men who say they’re not being given the opportunity to do some of the parenting when relationships end.”

    Is that all we are.
    Some of the parenting.
    You have already condemed us.
    You state human rights but belittle us to just an extra in our kids lives.

    Be a good boy. We may give you some, but just a little, parenting role.

    Where’s the father?
    Where’s the person with the history of representing men?

    More Bigotry is not a solution.

    Comment by DJ Ward — Thu 2nd August 2018 @ 12:06 am

  7. From the bottom of the link at #3

    How can I have my say?

    The Panel is particularly interested in hearing from members of the public and relevant interest groups who have first-hand experience of family justice system.

    The Panel is currently finalising its consultation plan. People can make a submission or get in touch with the Panel by emailing [email protected]. More information about submissions and event dates will be published at the Ministry of Justice website.

    Terms of reference

    The terms of reference are available here.

    Comment by Downunder — Thu 2nd August 2018 @ 8:53 am

  8. #5 Dear Mama, the familycaught$ is dangerous enough as it is, in its misuse of “evidence”.
    Wikipedia Polygraph – look down for Effectiveness
    Careful weighing of real evidence would be the only constructive way forward.

    Comment by MurrayBacon — Thu 2nd August 2018 @ 9:29 am

  9. I can’t see how to put a link to it but there’s a morning report podcast about a dust up between the Lower Hutt Family Court and Oranga Tamariki.

    There’s a suggestion there that lawyers are using without notice applications to launch a court case which is then being referred to Oranga Tamariki.

    Reading between the lines our excess of lawyers may have flooded our courts with cases that might have better been solved by a social agency.

    Listening to the podcast above Minister Little appears to want his inquiry not to include care and protection issues.

    Comment by Evan Myers — Thu 2nd August 2018 @ 9:40 am

  10. I’m not seeing any visible information … yet?

    On this Family Court Inquiry.

    Am I missing something or is the only way for you to be included, to send an initial email to the Little Department?

    Comment by Downunder — Sun 5th August 2018 @ 11:41 am

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