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Text message court reminders released

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NZ Lawyer | 04 Nov 2015, 11:15 a.m. Agree 0
A new next message service reminding people to show up to court has been released.
  • C M Ruane | 04 Nov 2015, 12:40 p.m. Agree 0
    This is all very well, but it is likely to add to the confusion.

    If I am representing a client I will tell them, before Court, where and when I want to meet them. Unfortunately I often find that when they appear in the Court building, well meaning Court staff will often tell them to go somewhere else. Last week I waited vainly on the ground floor of the Christchurch Court building (where I had arranged to meet my client so as ensure my client did not bump into her co-accused) only to find she had been told to go upstairs and wait outside the Court she was appearing in.

    I went up there to find her engaged in a confrontation with her ex partner.

    Please give the lawyers some credit for knowing what we are doing.
  • Cheryl Simes | 04 Nov 2015, 06:33 p.m. Agree 0
    I saw a notice about this in the court foyer. It didn't say anything about being criminal only. I thought it was a great idea for family clients and I enquired. Then I learnt it was only for criminal clients. Yes I was then told it would be rolled out to family clients later. But the notice didn't say so. I felt this implied that Family Court clients weren't 'real' clients of the recently merged court counter. Otherwise the decision makers would have realised they needed to specify clearly that it was for criminal cases only (at this stage).
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