Law advisers question domestic violence move

NZ HERALD 4:00AM Tuesday Feb 10, 2009

A leaked Law Commission paper has questioned whether a new measure to allow police to issue "on-the-spot" protection orders for up to five days to prevent domestic violence is necessary…
The law change will allow police called to domestic arguments to immediately issue an order requiring a person to stay away from the house for up to five days if it is necessary to ensure the immediate safety of another person in the household…
Council of Civil Liberties chairman Michael Bott said the Law Commission's concerns over the inability to challenge the order were valid.
"What you have is the police who are an agent for law enforcement also acting as a prosecutor and a judge at the same time potentially by issuing an order prohibiting association without the right to a fair hearing."
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