Some Family Court judges stand accused of making inappropriate, ‘idiotic’ and ‘ludicrous’ comments towards women in domestic abuse cases, raising concerns they don’t understand partner violence.
Newsroom has learned of comments that have astounded some experts on domestic violence.
One judge even implied a woman could not have been fully focused on doing her job as a mother because her case had been highlighted in a Newsroom news report and she was thus acting as an advocate against the Family Court.
But criticising a judge in New Zealand is a risky business.
If you are a part of the legal profession it can be fraught with danger as Family Court lawyer Catriona McLennan recently discovered.