Sir Ron says that in a number of ways the right to a fair trial are being undermined, and the public's right to a criminal justice system which is fairly and properly funded so that they can be confident in the system is also being compromised.
I would add that the problem is not just lack of funding, but a problem with the way in which the funding is allocated and used, and the issue of Police discretion, prosecutorial misconduct and the misuse of prosecutorial discretion, the problems with seeking judicial review of improper prosecutorial decisions, failures of IPCA and PCA to address complaints regarding improper prosecutorial decisions, and other related matters which members of the public like Kate Raue and Dun Mihaka are challenging.
Ministry of Justice information reveals that a Judge and Court staff were forced to lock themselves in after Police ignored calls to attend a massive gang brawl at the Tokoroa Court - two months after a security shake up - the media reported that Police were "too busy" to attend, but that was changed shortly thereafter to "too under resourced" - yeah, right.
The ongoing saga of MAF/MoBIE and their fatal Achilles leak continues, bringing the government further into ridicule. In response to questions about MoBIE's actions "It was regrettably flawed and we must move on," Ministry for Primary Industries Director-General Martyn Dunne said. Dunne would not comment on whether anyone had lost their job over the incident. Dunne refused to answer questions about whether anyone had lost their job stating: "There will be change and there has been change, people have moved around." If incompetent and corrupt staff are weeded out in properly conducted investigations at the first sign of complaints, instead of "moved around" like Catholic priests accused of child abuse, it would save the taxpayer MILLIONS, instead, incompetence and corruption and covered up, and aided and abetted, in the public AND private sectors and both incompetence and corruption are now endemic and out of control, particularly in the public sector and public private partnerships.
While people like Owen Glenn pontificate about New Zealand's shameful domestic violence statistics, appointing men like