The criminal justice system presupposes people generally are free to decide whether or not to engage in criminal behaviour. However, the courts acknowledge not everyone has free will.
Those lefty do-good lawyers Johnson and Patel are so concerned about are a vital part of parliamentary democracy based on the rule of law. This is precisely why they continue to denigrate them.
Can't make up your mind in the recreational cannabis referendum? You're not alone, so here's some tips from both sides of the debate to help you decide.
Environmental activists have been advocating for piecemeal legal change for decades. But a more fundamental rewrite of the law is needed.
Localising the child's right act across the country will guarantee the application of child right laws to all children.
The voices of recreational cannabis users are curiously missing from the official debate about legalisation.
Using the law - or changing it - to stop the spread of dangerous disinformation should be a last resort.
With UNICEF ranking New Zealand 35th out of 41 rich countries for children’s well-being, the gap between rhetoric and reality is wider than ever.
Around 75,000 New Zealanders have been sentenced for a cannabis-related offence since 1975. With the drug more popular than ever, is it time we let the evidence guide our decisions?
The latest decision in the Civic Creche case highlights a gap in the Criminal Cases Review Commission's ability to look at appeals from beyond the grave.
A public health lawyer and ethicist explores the thorny issue of whether requiring people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 might be necessary. And if so, can people object citing their faith?
In a New Zealand legal first, mass-murderer and terrorist Brenton Tarrant is jailed for life with no chance of parole.
New Zealand and Australia have no prisoner transfer agreement. By negotiating one, we could deport the Christchurch terrorist and help resolve the trans-Tasman prisoner problem in the process.
Delaying the election would be a balancing act between public health and political calculation.
A great deal still needs to be done to ensure that Kenyans have proper access to the justice system.
We all have the right to refuse medical treatment, but the government could penalise those who refuse a COVID-19 vaccine.
The New Zealand military has been found in breach of its basic democratic duties.Only a law change will restore trust.
For a COVID-19 vaccine to stop the pandemic, a large percentage of the population will have to get vaccinated. A law professor explains how far government and employer vaccine mandates can legally go.
With the cost of quarantine sure to rise, the government should look at a fair system based on returning New Zealanders' ability to pay.
Proposals in NSW to force someone who spits at or bites a frontline worker to be tested for HIV and other blood-borne viruses are a real problem - for workers and the public.