Publishing legal opinions - the SIS and GCSB respond

Back in March we wrote a letter to the NZSIS and GCSB with a suggestion about how they could improve transparency and oversight without risking New Zealand's security. We also copied the letter to the IGIS to see if they had any comment. Our suggestion was:

It is my understanding that the GCSB | SIS does prepare legal analyses of the various parts of the Act so as to ensure that staff act within the letter of the law. My suggestion is that the agency should make these legal analyses (edited for security reasons as required) publicly available. As these legal analyses would only discuss the publicly available law, I believe that making them public would not risk New Zealand's security. This would lead to a better public understanding of what the GCSB | SIS can and cannot do under the current law thereby reducing uncertainty and increasing trust.

After some nagging of a rather tardy GCSB, we now have responses from all three.


Lecture: Greg King Memorial Lecture

A memorial lecture in honour of barrister Greg King will be delivered in Wellington on 30 September 2015 by Professor Warren Brookbanks of Auckland University Law School.

The topic of Professor Brookbanks' lecture is "Three Strikes - Five Years On."

His lecture will be delivered at the Victoria University of Wellington Law School at 6pm.


Letter: Where's the govt action on prisoners' right to vote?

We are concerned by the lack of action from the Government in response to Arthur Taylor's successful challenge to the law taking away prisoner's right to vote. The decision of the High Court to declare the law to be inconsistent with the NZ Bill of Rights Act is unprecedented and surely calls for a legislative response.

Accordingly we have written to Amy Adams, the Minister of Justice, and Chris Finlayson, the Attorney-General, to ask them how and when they intend to remedy the situation.


Libertywatch August 2015

A round up of civil liberty related news from August 2015.


JustSpeak: Let's Talk about Police Discretion

Come along to Just Speak on Campus's October Forum, discussing Police Discretion and Its Impact on Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System.

Confirmed speakers include:


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