“Beyond unacceptable” delays for Human Rights Tribunal claims have gotten worse, a year after a co-chairperson was appointed to help clear the backlog.
Stuff revealed in February that Human Rights Review Tribunal chairman Rodger Haines had repeatedly complained to successive ministers that ballooning delays meant “access to justice is being denied to almost all”.
Since 2016, he had requested a law change to allow the appointment of deputy chairs. That request has finally been granted, but new figures show the average wait for a hearing has ballooned still further, to more than two years.
“For most parties, the Tribunal has ceased to function,” Haines wrote in February.