Beyond Independence and Accountability
Edited by Richard Devlin and Adam Dodek
Chapter 15: Discipline and modernize: regulating New Zealand judges
The regulatory framework around New Zealand judges has changed dramatically in recent decades. New procedures for appointing judges were adopted in 1999; new judicial complaints procedures came into force in 2004 (and were tested in a controversial case in 2010), and a Bill promising to make courts more transparent, modern and efficient is likely to come to Parliament for its third and final reading in 2016. These changes have been framed in terms of the balance between independence and accountability, but there has also been recognition of the shortcomings of that dyadic paradigm. This chapter presents and considers the recent changes in light of the alternative models of judicial regulation proposed by Devlin and Dodek.
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