1 Sep 2008

Nicholas to challenge Rickards over law role

5:45 pm on 1 September 2008

The woman who accused former Auckland police commander Clint Rickards of rape says she will challenge his attempt to become a lawyer.

In 2007 Mr Rickards was acquitted of sex charges arising from the 1980s. He resigned from the police in November last year while he was still suspended.

He has been studying for a law degree at Auckland University and has applied to the High Court to be admitted to the bar as a barrister and solicitor.

Before he is admitted, he has to obtain a character approval certificate. His name is on the list of prospective lawyers sent out by the Auckland District Law Society as part of the character approval process.

Its members are now invited to make comments about the suitability of the candidates.

The society says anyone can make a submission about the suitability of his character.

Mrs Nicholas says she will do her upmost to put her views across and will make a submission to the Law Society, saying she does not think Mr Rickards is suitable to practise as a lawyer.

She says Mr Rickards has said in the past that the court wrongly convicted his friends and has publicly criticised police.