Hon Justice Lowell Goddard Nominated As Chair Of CSA Inquiry

justice-lowell-goddard

Justice Lowell Goddard is a judge of the High Court of New Zealand and is a highly respected member of the judiciary who has been at the forefront of criminal law and procedure. She was admitted to the Bar in 1975. Soon after she commenced practice as a barrister and was appointed Queen’s Counsel. She was later appointed Deputy Solicitor-General for New Zealand and in that role undertook responsibility for the prosecution of all indictable crime in New Zealand. She was appointed to the High Court bench in December 1995.

Justice Goddard is believed to be the first Maori woman to have served as a High Court Judge. She has also sat as a member of the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal and is now the first New Zealand woman to hold the position of Independent Police Conduct Authority.

Justice Lowell Goddard is one of four representatives on the INIOP steering group that represent the Asia/Pacific region.

globalwomen.com

Advertisements

38 Comments

Filed under Abuse, News, Politics

38 responses to “Hon Justice Lowell Goddard Nominated As Chair Of CSA Inquiry

    • Sabre

      Does that website have a political axe to grind? If not it doesn’t look too good.

      • Link removed. Thanks Sabre

      • I dont know. I think i caught Theresa May in parliamentary questions after the statement referring to a website that claimed some thing. Theresa May said she asked Goddard about it who said there was nothign in it. May said she also spoke to survivors about it. I suppose we will have to wait for Hansard, unless Needleblog is also putting the questions up, which are still going on at 1.44

  1. Sabre

    Rotherham council ” not fit for purpose” , they’re not alone!

  2. dpack

    the online stuff about her seems pretty standard for a judge ie mixed depending on source but she seems to upset the police as much as members of the public,it might be a coincidence but one of her critics is spartan news ltd.

    having tried both uk google and some less “filtered”searches an initial look does not seem to throw up any huge question marks.she has experience of inquiring into things ,a lawyers mind etc etc .this isnt a recommendation but she does not seem as obviously conflicted as the last two.

    teresa may is saying the right sort of things but does she mean them? and if she does can she deliver? it seems prem 19/558was a bit of a surprise and led to a few other things being “found”.

    there are some osa issues flying about in the house ,hansard might be a mine of useful hints.

    • dpack

      ps the kiwis first stuff does look a bit iffy but a quick check on the links in and from company listed on the top also looks a bit iffy.
      perhaps more digging is required .

      the ranty stuff on line is similar to a lot of ranty stuff online ,the establishment stuff is similar to establishment stuff online .

      i expect that due diligence has been done to ensure the lady has no obvious conflicts of interest.
      a senior judge ,even one from as far away as geographically possible,is still a senior judge and therefore will have “history” and by definition is a member of the establishment .

      butler sloss was a “NO”in seconds ,woolf was a “NO” in a week or so.

      maybe this one is suitable ,if teresa may means what she says but if teresa may lies (or has been misled) at least the new one will have to be seen to act impartially as there will be a lot of scrutiny of the inquiries actions.

  3. Iain

    Hopefully someone from the antipodes will be able to do some serious digging.
    I hope this novel appointee will remove the taint associated with this enquiry

  4. Paul Mac

    Let’s hope she’s up to the job.

    You’d think someone would consider it a privilege to chair a committee that can establish the truth over a matter like this. I hope she considers it in such a way.

  5. dpack

    this chap seems to be one of her sternest critics in new zealand ,he seems to have issues with the entire legal system rather than her personally.

    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=Vincent+Ross+SIEMER&ia=about

    i assume that teresa may’s due diligence team has looked at such things .

    • Yes, it’s been looked at.

      I think we all need to be a bit careful in the ‘digging’ because if Goddard goes down then I doubt another chair will be proposed.

      • dpack

        yep getting a full inquiry properly started is probably the most important thing at the mo,having had a quick look at her and found nothing obvious that should rule her out i would rather know her by her works in a few years than use any minor qualms to boot the whole thing into the long grass.

  6. artmanjosephgrech

    If you stayed for the statement on Rotherham you will have noted that Government and Opposition are united enough is enough. not more and never again. Everyone now gets its

  7. pete

    Due diligence?!! Just like the due diligence for Sloss and Woolf you mean? Do me a favour. The whole game plan is clearly either to kick this into the long grass just like all other “enquiries” do. And/or delay as long as possible. I expect that TM doesn’t mind which.it is tbh.

    You mean to say that there is not one English judge that is suitable? Utterly ridiculous. And totally blatant

    • Sabre

      I’m probably as pessimistic as you are, however, if we have to have a Judge a non-UK one is essential.

      Interestingly TM, consciously or unconsciously, nods in the direction of the extent of the Establishment involvement by appointing a commonwealth Judge.

      • dpack

        i got the impression her nod at both offending and exploitation/cover ups among the various branches of the “establishment” was deliberate and well informed and not just from the choice of a non uk judge as chair.
        iirc she used a phrase along the lines of #i cant say there was no cover up# i relation to the brief of the whittam /wanless investigations while she was referring to prem19/588 and similar documents that have come to light.

        it is a slightly odd thought but she might actually want enough of the truth to be exposed to change the future .if that is the case i dont really care about her motives if the job gets done.

        as to a judge as chair in such an inquiry ,it is probably a good training for such a job and they are quite practiced in distinguishing truth and lies.

      • pete

        I’m curious why you think that a non-UK judge is essential? Is the implication that none of the UK judges are to be trusted with this? That they are all tainted?

        I have followed this story for a long time, and I have been a sceptical, some would say cynical, observer. But even I never felt that the whole of the UK Establishment is implicated.

        We surely must be able to find someone English who is above reproach? A sorry pass if we can’t.

        As I said earlier, I think that TM has had very different priorities, and that this is again very clear by the choice of this lady; who is another Establishment person to her fingertips. Ok the NZ Establishment, but that amounts to the same thing surely. Isn’t NZ always on side with UK?

        This lady seems to be known in NZ as a “cover up” expert too. It took me all of 20 seconds to Google her and find that out.

        I would have far more confidence if TM chose somebody who is visibly independent. Someone who is not a consummate insider, as her 3 choices so far have been.

      • pete

        I replied to the wrong comment – doh!

        I meant to say this to you Sabre. Not dpack below

        I’m curious why you think that a non-UK judge is essential? Is the implication that none of the UK judges are to be trusted with this? That they are all tainted?

        I have followed this story for a long time, and I have been a sceptical, some would say cynical, observer. But even I never felt that the whole of the UK Establishment is implicated.

        We surely must be able to find someone English who is above reproach? A sorry pass if we can’t.

        As I said earlier, I think that TM has had very different priorities, and that this is again very clear by the choice of this lady; who is another Establishment person to her fingertips. Ok the NZ Establishment, but that amounts to the same thing surely. Isn’t NZ always on side with UK?

        This lady seems to be known in NZ as a “cover up” expert too. It took me all of 20 seconds to Google her and find that out.

        I would have far more confidence if TM chose somebody who is visibly independent. Someone who is not a consummate insider, as her 3 choices so far have been.

      • Sabre

        @ Pete, I hear you and broadly agree with you.

        The problem with UK Judges is that it would be very difficult if not impossible to find one that isn’t intimately close to the targets.

        The same schools, Oxbridge or Russell Group Unis, The same Regiment, The same Inns of Court, should we find a Judge suitably distant he/she would probably still be vulnerable to a quiet word over dinner from a colleague closer to the fray.

        I, like you, have some reservations about Goddard and as you say she is part of the commonwealth and legal establishments, however, we will be lucky to get a decent candidate forget a perfect one.

  8. It’s mayb unfair of me but I can’t bring myself to trust the Tories I do hope that I’m proved wrong I

    • Sabre

      It’s not unfair, it’s emminently reasonable, however, don’t kid yourself trust the others at your peril.

    • Hmm… Have you read KiwisFirst? Lowell was rated by fellow lawyers in New Zealand in 2014 as the 63rd most respected judicial officer in New Zealand. Great! But not so great when you realise that’s 63rd out of 63. Now why would the Home Office plump for a judicial officer so under rated in her own profession? Does she or her husband have links to Leon Brittan in Yorkshire? Or is that a false trail? I just fail to understand why Alexis Jay was not asked to chair this enquiry given the sterling work she did in Rotherham. Prof Jay seems to have no close links to the establishment and no proximity to London establishment figures. Were those criteria the reason the Home Office thought her only worthy of being invited to one panel meeting as an advisor?

  9. I hope I can provide some balance. I am writing from NZ, where I have strong links with the legal profession.

    Justice Goddard is not working class – she was educated at a private girls’ school many years ago, and talks with a plummy accent. But in New Zealand, this doesn’t mean much. There is no Establishment in NZ in the same sense as the UK. There is an exceptional level of transparency and freedom from corruption.

    She has not shone as a judge – she’s not the sharpest of brains and not highly regarded by the legal community. But she is not being asked to chair a legalistic inquiry.

    Justice Goddard has plenty of experience investigating and protecting victims’ rights. Early in her career she was counsel assisting the Cartwright Inquiry – a groundbreaking inquiry into the medical profession’s treatment of women. She also headed the new Independent Police Complaints Authority, which is more than a passive watchdog; it’s an independent statutory body that actively and forensically investigates police actions.

    i expect she will attempt to be fiercely independent and objective: this inquiry is the pinnacle of her career, so she will want to leave a mark. She will be in the hands of the incompetent Home Office and Ben Emerson. Whether she and her fellow panellists can handle them is an interesting question.

  10. GMB

    Exclusive for the Needle
    Wait a minute, did her husband write a book with Clarissa Dickson Wright who was charged with using dogs for hare coursing in North Yorkshire and where was Leon Brittans seat located…North Yorkshire! OMG here we go again.

  11. godhelpus

    Who says she is the right person to do this Job? dig a little deeper not so honest as we would like….

  12. hp

    Well isn’t this special! They brought in another “usual suspect” to run interference for the child sodomizing “usual suspects” and their friends.
    What a shocker, eh?

  13. The Count of Monte Cristo

    More dross from the conveyer belt ……. The thing is, the establishment really aren’t that bright! Did they think somebody from NZ because it,s on the other side of the world wouldn’t be contaminated with established political dogma/horseshit . They all lie because they find it easy to lie. That’s how they get ahead, they play the game, lie and kiss lots of bottoms. And if that means covering up for monsters they will.
    Any news on Uncle Leon………file! What file!

  14. Hmm… Have you read KiwisFirst? Lowell was rated by fellow lawyers in New Zealand in 2014 as the 63rd most respected judicial officer in New Zealand. Great! But not so great when you realise that’s 63rd out of 63. Now why would the Home Office plump for a judicial officer so under rated in her own profession?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s