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High Court ruling allows Registrars to hear unopposed family violence bail applications

April 30, 2021 at 2:34 PM

From the NZFVC

A High Court decision has quashed the previous direction that only judicial officers should consider bail applications involving family violence charges.

High Court Justice Rachel Dunningham considered whether it was within the scope of the District Court Act 2016 to direct that only judicial officers should hear bail applications involving family violence charges, and not Registrars.

In her March 2021 ruling, Justice Dunningham found that the "The directions made by the District Court requiring any decision on bail applications on family violence charges to be made by judicial officers only, are unlawful." As a consequence of the finding, she quashed the directions.

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