New Zealand Police v Haden [2017] NZDC 28419

Published 10 August 2018

Publish name of person who has been granted name suppression — breach of name suppression — Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006, ss 241 & 263. The defendant faced five charges, each in identical terms that: while a suppression order was in place, the defendant published the name of a person who had been granted name suppression contrary to the provisions of s 241(c) and 263(1) and (2) Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006. In November 2016, the New Zealand Lawyers & Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal disposed of a complaint concerning a practitioner and granted him name suppression. The defendant defied that restriction by making matters public in five postings. The court noted that "the ability to defy suppression orders in the electronic age is at the fingertips of virtually anybody computer literate. And it is perfectly clear that this defendant has a borderline obsessive desire to bring down the now deceased subject of her publications". The court noted that the matter was of considerable public importance. The court fined the defendant $1000 on each matter, Court costs of $130 and witnesses expenses of $500. Judgment Date: 11 December 2017