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Privy Council: replacement of the appeal (3rd of 3)

Privy Council: replacement of the appeal

This cartoon, published in a business paper in 2002, is critical of the proposal to end the right of appeal to the Privy Council and establish a New Zealand Supreme Court instead. Margaret Wilson, then attorney general and a supporter of the Supreme Court proposal, is depicted as the female figure of Justice, but she is peeking under her blindfold. Some opponents of the concept of a Supreme Court feared that she would appoint judges for their political views, undermining the independence of the court.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: DX-023-076
Cartoon by Ashley W. Smith

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How to cite this page:

Philip A. Joseph and Thomas Joseph, 'Judicial system - History of the courts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Philip A. Joseph and Thomas Joseph, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 11 Oct 2016