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Walking away from a potential long and expensive judicial conduct hearing leaves the New Zealand justice system exposed to dangers, warns capital newspaper, the Dominion Post, in an editorial.
"The danger for Ms Collins – and for the integrity of justice system – is that the lesson the public will take from the Wilson episode is that, when there is a problem involving the judiciary, shortcuts are taken, it is tidied away, and judges whose behaviour is questioned walk off with what Auckland University law expert Bill Hodge has described as "a very sweet package".
Justice minister Judith Collins, a National Party hardliner, announced the deal after a Supreme Court judge successfully challenged a special panel set up to hear complaints against him of conflicts of interest. The deal includes a salary payout nearing NZ$1 million.
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