Breaking news: Wellington lawyer dies hours after receiving judgement

by Hannah Norton05 Jun 2015
Public law specialist Lecretia Seales died of natural causes at 12.35am this morning, only hours after receiving the judgement of the Seales v Attorney General case.
The lawyer, who worked for Chen Palmer and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, spearheaded a landmark case, seeking a declaration that her doctor would not risk prosecution under the Crimes Act if she were to assist Seales to end her life.
Russell McVeagh lawyers Andrew Butler, Chris Curran and Catherine Marks also argued denying such a declaration breached the New Zealand Bill of Rights.
Since her appearance in court last week, her health had deteriorated rapidly with increasing paralysis, and she was moved to a hospital bed in her home over the weekend.
Justice Collins’ reserved judgement is to be released at 3pm today.

Seales' husband, Matt Vickers, today posted a tribute to her from Geoffrey Palmer on the Lecretia's Choice blog -


  • by Moana Sinclair 5/06/2015 9:37:04 a.m.

    Rest in peace Lecretia.
    Ma te Atua koe e tiaki, e manaki i nga wa katoa.

  • by Peter McRae 5/06/2015 9:40:04 a.m.

    Haere ra Lecretia.

    You were a true friend and wonderful colleague. I will always be grateful for the support you gave me and my Brigid, as she faced what you have now suffered.
    Deep peace of the running wave to you.

  • by Adam 5/06/2015 2:47:21 p.m.

    yes RIP and you died naturally with dignity and with your loved ones?

    So what was this court case all about and how will others now exploit it??