Family Court operation principle

Anatoly Kern made this Official Information request to Ministry of Justice

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From: Anatoly Kern

Dear Ministry of Justice,

I am trying to understand whether the New Zealand Family Court still operates under the same principles of application the legislation as it was 10 years ago under Principal Family Court Judge Peter Boshier.

Specifically, Care of Children Act 2004 s4 "Child’s welfare and best interests to be paramount" states "The welfare and best interests of a child in his or her particular circumstances must be the first and paramount consideration" which was applied in practice by abovenamed persona openly stating during the hearing "I don't care about the child" with everyone within New Zealand Family Court clearly following this 'lead by example' approach.

So in understanding it I am looking for the policies and procedures that have been put in place to change this schizophrenic principle of application of the legislation in practice.

Yours faithfully,

Anatoly Kern

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Anatoly Kern left an annotation ()

I believe it is a really good request to understand the current modus operandi of New Zealand government keeping in mind the promotion of the noted persona to Chief Ombudsman in 2015. Oh well, I assume to make sure that this schizophrenic principle of application of the legislation is preserved evenly between all government departments.

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Acknowledging receipt of your Official Information Act requestof 8 June 2021, for informationFamily Court operation principle

Your request has been passed onto the relevant business unit and you will receive a response on or before 6 July 2021

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