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Drug use in NZ’s legal profession

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NZ Lawyer | 02 Sep 2015, 10:59 a.m. Agree 0
Yesterday a senior Auckland lawyer appeared in court for possession of meth. The Law Society talks to NZLawyer about drug use in the profession.
  • Graham Hill | 03 Sep 2015, 11:23 a.m. Agree 0
    The Law Society with respect to Mr Moore does not take the issue seriously. It cannot do so until it disentangles its regulatory function from its representative function as is done in the UK. Having parked materials, largely derived from the UK organization, in virtual reality is not a substitute for practical support nor does it resolve the high levels of discrimination for depression that the profession and society officers have. In NZ there is a presumption of fault unlike the US ADA. I have submitted guidelines for branches as a practical step but NZLS it seems does not wish to engage on the issue. These issues are important- the economic costs and lost opportunity costs alone are massive- and indeed involve the rule of law, human decency and collegiality and should not be relegated to soundbites. Getting back into practice is a formidable barrier with PC and CPD costs. The experience makes for a better lawyer not a worse one.
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