How dare the Dame point out the Emperor has no clothes!
Call for chief justice to resign
Top judge Dame Sian Elias is questioning whether victims have become too involved in the criminal justice system and there is now a call for her to resign. She has raised concerns in the Beehive after a speech to the Law Society that slated the "punitive and knee-jerk" response of successive governments to criminal justice issues. The speech, delivered last week but made public yesterday, suggested shortening prison sentences, allowing more bail and probation, and making greater use of community-based sentences. Dame Sian also suggested that some prisoners be given an amnesty as a way of relieving prison overcrowding. Justice Minister Simon Power has told Dame Sian to stay out of government policy and victim support groups have expressed anger at her suggestions.
Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias:
"I would like to see some serious assessment of whether the emotional and financial cost of keeping victims in thrall to the criminal justice processes does help their recovery from the damage they have suffered or whether they are revictimised through these processes."
Justice Minister Simon Power:
"The Government is elected to set sentencing policy. Judges are appointed to apply it."
Sensible Sentencing Trust's Garth McVicar:
"The victims' view needs to be heard loud and clear. For a top judge to make a comment like that is outrageous. It's a kick in the guts."
Victim Support chief executive Tony Paige:
"Feeling that justice has been done and appropriate participation in court and parole processes can be very important parts of people finding hope and strength as they deal with the aftermath of terrible events.
I am so sick of these ‘activist Judges’ going on about Justice, Human Rights and pointing out that National’s populist lynch mob ‘tough-on-crime-talkback-generated-punitive-and- kneejerk-harsher-sentences’ crap is exactly that – crap.
National’s solution to unemployment is building a corporate prison nation using shipping containers that will become rape pens for the weakest double/double bunked prisoners -has no plan B. After winding the NZ public up for 9 years by twisting the righteous anger some feel at the awful things some do to one another and manipulating that fear and anger into calling for a medieval law and order policy as the solution, National has no where else to turn, they will continue putting into place the building blocks of an empire of suffering that will septically weep into society all so that a sense of talkback created vengence can be quenched.
What a brave woman Dame Sian Elias is to stand once again (the way she courageously stood against Labour over the Ahmed Zaoui debacle) against the folly of the Government in power.
That change still feeling good NZ?
BTW - Garth McVicar, seeing as you are so super secretive over who funds the Sensible Sentencing Trust, could you confirm or deny that the SST is taking donations from the private prison company GEO?