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Court strike must be resolved quickly

Published: Fri 11 Dec 2009 09:33 AM
Court strike must be resolved quickly
An ongoing national strike for adequate pay by staff of High Courts, District Courts and Tribunals must be resolved as quickly as possible, says the President of Auckland District Law Society Incorporated, Anna Fitzgibbon.
“This protracted strike, which is now almost two months old, is having major ramifications for all Court users, defendants, victims, lawyers and judges,” says Ms Fitzgibbon. “Court cases are being delayed and adjourned because of the ongoing strike which is not only expensive, but also very stressful for all parties involved.
“The staff of our Courts and Tribunals play an immensely important role in the smooth running of the judicial system and in their absence, the justice system simply cannot function effectively.
“Without debating the rights and wrongs of this dispute, the specialised skills of Court staff members needs to be recognised with fair payment for the valuable work they perform.”
Anna Fitzgibbon
President
Auckland District Law Society Inc
ENDS

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