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Ross Francis made this Official Information request to Ministry of Justice

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From: Ross Francis

Dear Ministry of Justice,

In the Justice Ministry’s reply to me dated 1 June 2018, the Ministry states that under “no circumstances” is any lawyer engaged by the Ministry not required to declare an actual or potential conflict of interest. When did this policy come into effect and was it in effect when the Ministerial Inquiry into the Peter Ellis case was established in 2000??

Dr Barry Parsonson’s review of the research literature was included in Peter Ellis’s first application for the Royal prerogative of mercy in 1997. In March 1998, Justice Ministry officials said his reports cast “considerable doubt on the reliability of the evidence given by the complainants”.

Did officials raise any doubts about the safety of Peter Ellis’s conviction, or concerns about the case in general, with Doug Graham in 1998/99 or Phil Goff subsequently? Please supply me with all records of any doubts or concerns that were brought to the attention of Graham and Goff by the Ministry between 1 March 1998 and 30 April 2002.

Yours faithfully,

Ross Francis

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Good morning Mr Francis,

Acknowledging receipt of your request for information under the Official Information Act 1982. You can expect a response to your request on or before 11 September 2018.

Kind regards,

Claire O'Connor
Advisor | Official Correspondence
Ministry of Justice | Tāhū o te Ture

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Good afternoon Mr Francis


Please find attached a response to requests made to the Ministry of
Justice and the Minister of Justice (and then transferred to the Ministry
to reply). 


As a significant part of both requests was identical, the Ministry has
dealt with both together in one response.









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