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Selwyn Times: June 20, 2018

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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday June 20 2018 17 Our People Passion for justice •From page 16 What we do lack is a sufficiency in numbers at all levels but particularly at the levels where most of the work is done and that is in the district court in its civil jurisdiction, but particularly in its criminal and family jurisdictions. Both of those are woefully under-judged in terms of the number of judges and both have significant and growing back logs. There is much to be said for that old saying, justice delayed is justice denied. If I look back over my 50-plus years, the one thing that I would say that has been a degradation of the system is the length of time between a case being started in the court initiating papers and it getting through to a decision. What has happened, is it has grown from a matter of just a few months to a matter of years. That is of great concern and it is not fair to litigants, whether civil, criminal or family, not fair to witnesses and it only makes particularly factual determinations harder and harder for judges. Have you ever considered becoming a district or High Court judge yourself? No. I had an interesting experience doing that in Tonga, it JUSTICE: Nigel Hampton QC was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the law. was the break from doing things that I wanted to have happen. I enjoyed it. But being at the bar gives you a freedom, which includes the freedom to speak publicly on important issues, which I have done a fair bit of in my time. I think its important particularly when you get to be senior in your profession, senior at the bar. That senior voice needs to be heard on issues from time to time. While you remain at the bar and remain a barrister, you have that ability still to be heard. If you become a judge you lose that, you become subject to the dictates of where you’ve got to be, what you’ve got to do. Having been a barrister just about all of my life, first in a firm but more lately, for the last 30 years as an individual practitioner, I value that freedom too much. Being able to work in your own profession, in your own way and in your own time is something that I would not lightly give away. I know you spoke out about now liking the design of the new Justice Precinct, has it grown on you since you’ve been working there? It’s grown even more adversely on me, not more fondly. I retain my views about it. It is an important constitutional aspect that police and courts shouldn’t be in the same building complex. That is inappropriate and that still is my most fundamental criticism of that building. Any plans to slow down and retire? No, whilst I retain my physical health and I think have a reasonable mind still and whilst my memory doesn’t get too slippery, I have no plans to slow down. CELEBRATION: More than 1.4 million visits have been recorded at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre in the five years since opening. ​ Aquatic centre to celebrate milestone THIS MONTH marks the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Selwyn Aquatic Centre, which will be celebrated with a birthday bonanza event. More than 1.4 million people have visited the centre since its opening in June 2013. Aquatic facilities manager James Richmond says the centre continues to offer a wide range of events, programmes and services to the Selwyn community. “We are proud to have offered world class aquatics services for the last five years and look forward to an even bigger and better future once the Selwyn Aquatic Centre extension project is completed,” he said. “We would like to thank the community for their continued support in making the facility such a success.” THe district council recently approved a proposal to expand the aquatic centre with the addition of a 25m pool. This will be a significant boost to the centre, allowing more swimmers to enjoy the facility and increasing the capacity for events. Construction is expected to begin next year. The birthday bonanza event is being held on Sunday from 2–4pm. Anyone is welcome to join the party, which will feature a DJ, big inflatable race, games, spot prizes, biggest splash competition, chalk drawing, cake, colouring competition and more. Normal pool admission fees will apply. JOIN US NOW! See website for details BONDS OUTLET 40% Off All Marked Prices Storewide. BENDON OUTLET Massive Mid-Year Sale, Sets from $15. STYLES MAY DIFFER TO IMAGE SHOWN UNDER ARMOUR All Footwear Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price (conditions apply). ASICS Bring in a pair of used shoes and get $20 off a new pair. (shoes donated to Christchurch City Mission, conditions apply). Sign up to Smart Deals & be in the monthly draw for a $100 Dress-Smart gift card! Be one of the first to hear about the latest deals, sent straight to your inbox each week! CHRISTCHURCH 409 Main South Road, Hornby www.dress-smart.co.nz Open 10am-5pm, 7 Days 03 349 5750