Secondments from major Law firms and Chambers

Liam Stoneley made this Official Information request to Ministry of Justice

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From: Liam Stoneley

Dear Ministry of Justice,

This is a request for information, made under the provisions of ss4 and 5 of the Official Information Act 1982 (“the Act”). I therefore would like the following information;

I am interested in obtaining details of the number secondments of private sector legal staff into the MoJ since the change of Government in 2008, and the length of each secondment.

Please provide details of:

1. The number of private sector secondments from Law firms and Chambers into the MoJ since 2008, broken down by the institution(s) and countries from which they came.

2. The length of duration of each secondment, and the cost (where applicable) to the New Zealand taxpayer.

Please CONFIRM receipt of this email to prevent unnecessary follow-up emails and extensions requested.
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As required by s12(1) of the Act, I am a New Zealand citizen. I will provide confirmation of this, if required. However, since all of our correspondence will be published on the FYI.org.nz site, I will only do so over the phone or email, with which you provide. This would only be for the purpose of citizenship confirmation, and nothing further related to this request.

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As required by s13(c) of the Act, if this request “has not been made … to the appropriate department or Minister of the Crown or organisation or local authority”, it is your duty to give reasonable assistance to me to direct my request to the appropriate department or Minister of the Crown or organisation or local authority.

Further to the above statutory requirement, under s14 of the Act, if the information I seek is either not held or you believe it is more closely connected with another department or Minister of the Crown or organisation, or of a local authority you shall promptly, and in any case not later than 10 working days after the day on which the request is received, transfer the request to the other department or Minister of the Crown or organisation, or to that local authority, AND inform me accordingly.

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I will, if required, complain to the Ombudsman, as is my right under s28(3) of the Act, if any of the above statutory requirements on you are not complied with. Further to this, if your reply is not “as soon as reasonably practicable, and in any case not later than 20 working days after the day on which the request is received” as required under s15(1) of the Act, I will also complain to the Ombudsman.

This request is made through the site FYI.org.nz. All correspondence will be automatically forwarded to me through the site and published online immediately. I require, where appropriate, all electronic copies of all documents in your response. For more information on how the site works, please visit www.fyi.org.nz/help/about.

Yours faithfully,

Liam Stoneley

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From: Liam Stoneley

Dear Ministry of Justice,

I have not had confirmation of this request being received. This usually occurs when I have dealt with your agency before.

Please confirm that you have received this request.

Yours faithfully,

Liam Stoneley

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From: correspondence, official
Ministry of Justice

Good afternoon,

Thank you for your email received by the Ministry of Justice on 1 February 2015. Apologies for the delay in this acknowledgement.

We are treating your correspondence as an Official Information Act request. The statutory due date for Official Information Act requests is 20 working days. You will be notified of any changes to this time-frame.

If you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to ask us.

Kind regards,

Official Correspondence Team
Communications Services
www.justice.govt.nz

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From: Liam Stoneley

Dear correspondence, official,

You have failed to respond to this request within the statutory timeframe.

I expect to complain to the Ombudsman within the coming days.

Yours sincerely,

Liam Stoneley

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From: Parkes, David
Ministry of Justice


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Dear Mr Stoneley

 

Please see attached for the response to your OIA request.

 

Regards

 

 

   

[1]http://justice.govt.nz/courts/shared/jus... David Parkes

Business Advisor to
the Deputy Secretary |
Corporate

[2]www.justice.govt.nz

 

 

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luciane bryant left an annotation ()

Note from the Ministry of Justice: the request has not been refused. The response advises that the ministry does not hold the information requested.

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From: Liam Stoneley

Dear Parkes, David,

Further to this request, please provide the below information:

1. Have there been ANY secondments between the MoJ and legal-related institutions since 2008?

2. If so, what was the cost to the New Zealand taxpayer?

Yours sincerely,

Liam Stoneley

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Liam Stoneley left an annotation ()

To correct the record, I did not classify this request as "refused". It was another user. I will, however, leave it as such until I hear back from my follow-up request.

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From: Parkes, David
Ministry of Justice

Dear Mr Stoneley

Your request is acknowledged. You can expect to receive a response within 20 working days.

Regards
David

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From: Ellingham, Jimmy
Ministry of Justice


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Dear Mr Stoneley

 

Please see attached for the response to your OIA request regarding legal
secondments.

 

Thanks

   

[1]Description: Description: Description: Jimmy Ellingham
http://justice.govt.nz/courts/shared/jus...
Media Adviser |
Communication Services
DDI: +64 4 494 9967 |
Ext 50967 |

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