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with the Supreme Court’s directions. God never intended to obstruct footpaths and pavements or encroach upon public land,” they said in a 19 April 2019 judgment. They went on sternly: “Are our orders passed for keeping in cold storage? The chief secretaries have no respect for the highest court. We will show them what the court can do. They do not deserve any leniency.”
Furious cycling in Salford In August 2017 Marlene Crossley was coming out of a corner shop in Salford, England when she was knocked down by cyclist Jesus Medina who was riding on the footpath. Mrs Crossley, aged 72, was spun around by the impact and one of her hips was broken. She needed surgery, but did not recover full mobility. Mr Medina, 24 and a photography student, was charged with “causing harm by wanton and furious driving”, a law framed in 1861 to prosecute carriage drivers. The use of the obscure law – with a maximum penalty of two years’ imprisonment – and the injury to an elderly pensioner made the resulting court proceedings national news. After an appearance in the Manchester Crown Court, Mr Medina was required to pay Mrs Crossley £750 in compensation and to carry out 40 hours of community work. He avoided a harsher penalty it appears because he stopped to assist her and then offered to do odd jobs for her husband while she was in hospital. Judge Anthony Cross QC was plainly willing to consider jail: “I accept you
have shown genuine remorse,” he said “…and it is unnecessary for me to impose a period of imprisonment.” He then stated that cyclists riding on footpaths were “potential killers” who posed a serious risk to pedestrians and faced jail if they were caught after knocking someone down. In March 2018 after Kim Briggs, 44, was knocked over and killed by bicycle courier Charlie Alliston the UK Department of Transport said it was considering a recommendation that cyclists involved in fatal accidents should be charged with a new offence of causing death by dangerous cycling. ▪
❝ He’s actually making sure that Corrections is following the law. If he’s succeeding and bringing to the court’s attention issues inside our prisons, then that could be seen as an act of public service, and a good use of prisoner time.❞ — Otago Legal Issues Centre director Bridget Toy-Cronin comments on news that the Department of Corrections has paid around $330,000 to Crown Law to defend seven proceedings brought by prisoner Phillip Smith.
❝ We made them pay for their own mediation. We made them pay for everything. We said they should pay for the welfare of the child. They should pay for expert report writers. I think that was just putting too much of a burden on people who are already trying to sort out the difficulties in their relationship.❞ — Auckland University law professor Mark Henaghan comments on the impact of the 2014 Family Court reforms.
❝ My working patterns have changed by working remotely. I have no commute at all, and I practise law at times in my pyjamas.❞ — Lisa White, 58, who, along with her 63-year-old husband Dan Butler, moved to Greymouth from Tennessee in 2015 for a better lifestyle. However, their permanent residency applications were instantly rejected by Immigration New Zealand because they were both aged over 55.
❝ Lawyers and other legal professionals must be able to work in environments that are safe and supportive. Bullying and sexual harassment is never appropriate, and the profession must do all it can to stamp out such misconduct.❞ — IBA Human Rights Institute Director Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, commenting on the release of an IBA survey of 6,980 legal professionals from 135 countries which found high rates of bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession. 107