16 July 2009
I'm not suprised the Chief Justice's Shirley Smith address from last week is attracting quite some media attention: > NZHerald: "Govt rules out prison amnesties to ease overcrowding " > Stuff: "Top-judge-suggests-prison-amnesty" Having attended the lecture, I must say it the address was, as you would expect, carefully crafted and robust. It did contain some provocative comments and ideas (particularly from the most senior member of the judiciary). But I - and, it seems, many of the audience - were generally supportive of those comments and ideas. I think the remarks were also quite timely and a counter-balance to monopolisation of this topic by the Sensible ST etc. But assess the remarks yourself. They're now available online: > Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias, "Blameless Babes"