6 Jul 2010

Judicial Conduct Panel holds preliminary hearing

12:00 pm on 6 July 2010

A Judicial Conduct Panel set up to investigate a Supreme Court Judge, Justice Bill Wilson, has held a preliminary meeting in Wellington.

It's the first time such a panel has been convened.

The panel was set up by Acting Attorney-General Judith Collins to investigate disclosures Justice Wilson made to the Supreme Court regarding claims of bias in relation to a Court of Appeal case he sat on.

Tuesday's meeting of the panel lasted just over an hour and covered procedural matters, including the way in which the accusations against Justice Wilson will be presented.

As Justice Wilson is taking a Judicial Review in the High Court into the way in which the panel was established, the panel decided to not sit again until October.