3 Nov 2008

Rickards' application will be 'considered fairly'

3:21 pm on 3 November 2008

The Auckland District Law Society has referred an application by former police assistant commissioner Clint Rickards to become a lawyer to the New Zealand Law Society.

Mr Rickards completed his law degree while fighting to clear his name after being accused of raping and sexually abusing Louise Nicholas in Rotorua in the 1980s.

He was aquitted of the charges against him in 2006, along with his co-accused Brad Shipton and Bob Schollum who were already in jail for a pack-rape.

Mr Rickards left the police in November 2007.

The law society has received submissions for and against Mr Rickards' bid to be admitted to the bar.

New Zealand Law Society President, John Marshall, QC, says Mr Rickards' application will be considered fairly.

"All the submissions and all the facts and circumstances will be considered carefully by the New Zealand Law Society and it will then make a decision as to whether this person is a fit and proper person to be admitted to as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court," he said.