The Public and the Courts - A Parliamentarian's Perspective

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Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 1, 1984


There is published herewith the concluding Parts V and VI of a lecture given by Mr Geoffrey Palmer MP. This was the Annual Lecture in the Distinguished Scholars Program at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, on 12 March 1984. In Part I Mr Palmer explained his background as an academic lawyer and more recently as a legislator. In Part II he spoke of his experience as a Law Professor at the University of Iowa in teaching courses concerned with the resolution of conflict within and without the legal system. In Part III he explains his involvement in the move for an Accident Compensation system separated from the concept of negligence as a branch of the traditional law of torts. Part IV dealt with the Social Welfare system as it has developed in New Zealand and the formal appeal rights built into the system. In Parts V and VI he speaks of his experience as a Member of Parliament, and the new view this has given him of the legal system; and then he sums up the points he had been making in the earlier part of the paper. It is these two latter Parts that are published here as being of particular interest to the legal profession. The complete text of Mr Palmer's address is to be published in volume V of "The Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice."

Keywords: public lecture, legal system, experience as Member of Parliament, New Zealand

JEL Classification: K39, K40

Suggested Citation

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, The Public and the Courts - A Parliamentarian's Perspective (August 1, 1984). New Zealand Law Journal, p. 258, 1984; Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper Series Palmer Paper No. 52. Available at SSRN:

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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