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2015 Harkness Henry Lecture

2015 Harkness Henry Lecture

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When:

  • Tue 8 Sep ’15, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Where:

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Gate 2B, Knighton Rd, University of Waikato, Hamilton

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Abstract

Against a background of 35 years as a Coroner, including 8 years as New Zealand's first Chief Coroner (recently retired), Judge MacLean reflects on Coronial death investigation 15 years after the August 2000 Law Commission report "Coroners".

His address will include reflections on the origins and development of the office of Coroner, a legal institution which predates the Magna Carta, through to the present in the context of comparative reforms in Australia, England and Wales.

Judge MacLean gives his personal perspective on the extent to which the recommendations of the Commissioners under the then President, The Hon Justice Baragwanath, have been realised and some personal thoughts on the future.
Biography

Judge MacLean grew up, was educated, and practised law in Christchurch until his appointment to the bench in 1993, as sole resident Judge in Gisborne where he sat until 2000 when he moved to the District Court in Hamilton and was mainly involved in Criminal and Civil work. He was appointed first Chief Coroner in 2007 and was tasked with implementing the Coroners Act 2006 which came into force on July 1 2007. This required Judge MacLean's involvement in the selection and training of a new bench of fulltime, legally qualified Coroners, the development of a bench book and the creation of support systems for what was essentially a judicial blank canvas.

Judge MacLean was honoured by his alma mater, Canterbury University, with an honorary Doctor of Laws in 2013 and was made a Companion of the Queens Service Order this year. He is married with 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren and has continued to reside in Hamilton despite predominantly working all over the country during the last 8 years.

Following retirement in February this year he was appointed as a full time Acting Warranted judge sitting on ACC appeals to the District Court.

In 1992 Harkness Henry Lawyers partnered with the then Waikato School of Law for the inaugural lecture which is now approaching its 24th year in 2015.

The annual public lectures are delivered by a person distinguished within his or her field and their topics are intended to address issues relating to the development of New Zealand jurisprudence. The lectures are well attended by senior members of the judiciary, the local bar, practitioners, academics, students and the general public.

The lecture is traditionally the lead article in the subsequent Waikato Law Review.

Previous Harkness Henry Lecture series' participants include Rt Hon Sir Robin Cooke, Hon Dame Sylvia Cartwright, Justice Joseph Williams and Sir Thomas Eichelbaum. The first lecturer, in 1992, was Hon. Justice Gault.

Please RSVP by Thursday, 3rd September 2015 to lawevents@waikato.ac.nz, providing names of those wishing to attend.

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