Judge the Judges, Pack of Cards

View the hands Judges have dealt, and you be the Judge.

Below are a list of losing & winning hands. Simply click the "Deal This Hand" button to learn more. How the hands work

Case 28

Judge Kelly should be removed from office if this is how she deals with a violent member of a criminal gang.

Mongrel Mob member, Kahutia Mita assaulted a teenager outside a KFC restaurant in Blenheim because the colour of his shirt was similar to that of an opposition gang. In spite of Mahutia's history Judge Kelly thought a bit of R'n'R at home would serve as justice! Read More

Judge

Jan Kelly

Offender

Kahutia Mita

Victim

15 year old boy

Case 27

Punching a police officer unconscious, according to Judge Roberts just merits community work. Really?

We rely on our police force to protect us, so when the police are attacked we expect a meaningful sentence to punish the offender and deter other like minded thugs. According to Judge Kevin Phillips community work will do just fine. Read More

Judge

Kevin Phillips

Offender

Nikolas James Posa

Victim

Constable Alana Kane

Case 26

Sex offender Paul Herricks actions were described as a complete breach of trust, as he used opportunities to offend in his role as a teacher.

Former Awamoa School teacher Paul Roger Herrick has been jailed for four years and nine months on historic sex offence charges against seven victims. He will be eligible for parole in just 16 months - that represents just over 2 months per victim! Read More

Judge

Jim Large

Offender

Paul Herrick

Victim

young children

Case 25

Judge Recordon said the breach of trust was at the highest level a mother could be involved with and then ignored the sentences available to him.

Krystal Harvey, 23, was sentenced to eight months home detention after admitting to sexually violating her 1-year-old son and producing a 1 minute-long video of her performing the act to sell to a paedophile for money. Read More

Judge

Philip Recordon

Offender

Krystal Harvey

Victim

1 year old boy

Case 24

Judge Philippa Cunningham is in the news again. She had the chance to make a stand on child abuse but brought shame on herself instead.

Judge Cunningham declined to give a custodial sentence to an Auckland 'professional' who was caught with thousands of videos and images of child abuse, instead sentencing him to home detention and 100 hours community work. Now he can say home and collect even more! Read More

Judge

Philippa Cunningham

Offender

auckland professional

Victim

children everywhere

Case 23

Judge Grant Fraser lets a musician off an assault charge so as not to jeopardise his recording deal. You be the judge.

Name suppression was given to a musician, his ex-partner and the actual name of the musicians’ band because the judge was convinced making it public would spoil his chances of breaking into the big time! How very career minded of him! Read More

Judge

Grant Fraser

Offender

musician

Victim

victim

Case 22

Blessie Gotingco's murder was entirely preventable, but then, we have a criminal-friendly justice system in New Zealand!

When Justice Patrick Keane declined to impose a sentence of preventive detention in 2006 he freed Tony Robertson to kill. Justice Timothy Brewer has imposed the sentence now that Keane should have done back then. Tragically, a family has paid the price for that mistake. Read More

Judge

Timothy Brewer

Offender

Tony Douglas Robertson

Victim

Blessie Gotingco

Case 21

Another case where a judge confers a medical science degree on herself so as to go easy on a thug. You be the judge.

In sentencing Jacob Patrick Broderick for an unprovoked attack on a Havelock North electrician, Judge Mackintosh ignored the seriousness of the attack which could have killed the man or rendered him mentally impaired for life. Read More

Judge

Bridgette Mackintosh

Offender

Jacob Patrick Broderick

Victim

Havelock North Electrician

Case 20

Justice Jill Mallon refused to apply the Life Without Parole provisions of the Three Strikes Law as enacted by Parliament. Is this judicial activism?

In sentencing Shane Pierre Harrison for murder at the High Court in Wellington, Justice Mallon was required by law to impose a true life-means-life sentence as Harrison has a prior conviction for a strike offence. She chose not to. Read More

Judge

Jill Mallon

Offender

Shane Pierre Harrison

Victim

Sio Matalasi

Case 19

A schoolboys' family are devasted a second time by a judges poor decision. Was justice done? You be the judge.

If Stephen Dudley hadn’t been assaulted would he be alive today? A simple question and the answer is an obvious yes, but Justice Helen Winkelmann discharged without conviction the boy who caused his death. You be the judge. Read More

Judge

Helen Winkelmann

Offender

M

Victim

Stephen Dudley

Case 18

A not-so-royal pardon issued by Judge Phillipa Cunningham sets a preferential standard of justice for a would-be king-in-waiting.

In the Gisborne district court Judge Cunningham accepted a defence plea from Paul Wicks QC, that “any conviction for any criminal offending is considered unacceptable” for a potential king who had to have an “unblemished record”. Read More

Judge

Philippa Cunningham

Offender

Korotangi Paki

Victim

Gisborne Public

Case 17

The Crown prosecutor has to tell Judge David Saunders about a victims rights in his own courtroom

Judge Saunders added even greater stress to a sexual abuse victim after she refused to take part in a restorative justice process. He seemed more interested in the rights of a sex offender than the rights of his victim. Read More

Judge

David Saunders

Offender

Shane Vincent Roy Dennis

Victim

Three Unnamed Women

Case 16

Judge Graham Panckhurst dealt the public a losing hand when he failed to lock up a corrupt policeman

Former Senior Constable Gordon Meyer wriggled his way out of 18 charges down to just 2 for indecent assault and bribery and corruption. Meyer was using his position to make inappropriate sexual advances to women, as a matter of course while doing his duties. Read More

Judge

Graham Panckhurst

Offender

Gordon Meyer

Victim

Unnamed woman

Case 15

Judge Joe Williams thinks three years for attempting to kill an unborn child is justice. You be the judge.

Jesmond Mosen who has previous convictions for assault attempted to abort his partners’ baby by repeatedly punching her in the stomach when she refused to have an abortion. His 3 year sentence will be served concurrently with a 2 year sentence for previous offending. Read More

Judge

Joe Williams

Offender

Jesmond Mosen

Victim

H

Case 14

Judge Peter Spiller plays monopoly in the courtroom and hands fraudster a get out of jail card.

Judge Peter Spiller gifted a Cambridge woman a get out of jail free card by asking her to write him a letter of remorse expressing how sorry she was for ripping off taxpayers of nearly $200,000. Read More

Judge

Peter Spiller

Offender

Raewyn Dudeck

Victim

Msd

Case 13

Judge Priestley thinks leaving a baby blind in one eye and with likely brain damage worth just 26 months imprisonment. You be the Judge

Polash Kabhir got out of bed to attend to his partner’s 19 week old baby who was crying in her cot. With a closed fist he punched her in the face and went back to bed. When the child cried he then punched her twice in the head with a closed fist. Read More

Judge

John Priestley

Offender

Polash Kabhir

Victim

Baby Girl2

Case 12

Judge Gary MacAskill misdeals to road rage victim Caroline Courtney, by handing down home detention to her attacker.

In a fit of road rage, Grant Carter-Brown bashed Caroline Courtney repeatedly to the head with a bike D-lock. Given the use of an item as a weapon to bash Courtney to the head, the attack could easily have been fatal. Read More

Judge

Gary MacAskill

Offender

Grant Carter-Brown

Victim

Caroline Courtney

Case 11

Judge Judith Potter dealt a losing hand to Jasmatbhai Patel, giving his killer just 3 years imprisonment. Fair deal? You be the Judge.

Following a minor collision between their two cars in morning rush-hour traffic, Bio O’Brien aged 28, pulled Jasmatbhai Patel aged 78, from his vehicle and repeatedly assaulted Patel, before forcefully pushing him to the ground. Read More

Judge

Judith Potter

Offender

Bio O'Brien

Victim

Jasmatbhai Patel

Case 10

Judge Mark Cooper bailed a repeat offender who was facing a murder charge. The offender then bashed and stomped a toddler to death.

Having had multiple applications for bail declined by previous Judges, and in the face of continued Police opposition, Judge Mark Cooper granted Michael Curran bail despite Curran being charged with the murder of 24 year old Natasha Hayden... Read More

Judge

Mark Cooper

Offender

Michael Curran

Victim

Natasha Hayden

Case 9

Justice Tony Adeane consistently deals winning hands to his community. You be the Judge.

Justice Tony Adeane takes a strong line against taggers, shoplifters and that ugly scourge of law-abiding society – burglars. Read More

Judge

Tony Adeane

Offender

Alan Mantell

Victim

Napier public

Case 8

Judge Philippa Cunningham discharged without conviction, a 'man' who abused his daughter. Losing hand for the victim?.

An unnamed 'comedian' sexually abuses his 4 year old daughter after she climbs into bed with him and his partner. He later tells police he was drunk and remembers nothing of what he did. Read More

Judge

Philippa Cunningham

Offender

Unamed Comedian

Victim

Unamed Victim

Case 7

Judge Judith Potter considered less than 3 years imprisonment a fair hand for the brutal killing of a man kicked to the head. You be the Judge.

After exchanging words with Hawea Vercoe outside a Whakatane bar, Isaiah Tai punched his victim in the head from behind. Vercoe fell face first to the ground and lay there unconscious. Read More

Judge

Judith Potter

Offender

Isaiah Tai

Victim

Hawea Vercoe

Case 6

Justice Merelina Burnett upped the stakes when verbally abused by a one-man-crime-wave, by holding him in contempt of court.

Justice Merelina Burnett exhibits a great deal of common sense, in our view. She calls it as she sees it, and can be refreshingly honest in her assessments. She also doesn’t put up with any nonsense in her courtroom. Read More

Judge

Merelina Burnett

Offender

Tukino Te Rangi

Victim

Hamilton

Case 5

Judge Raoul Neave dealt a losing hand when Guy Hallwright caused his victim grievous bodily harm in a road rage incident. You be the Judge.

In a road rage incident, Guy Hallwright flees the scene after running over Sung Jin Kim with his car, breaking his legs. Hallwright is found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with reckless disregard, a conviction carrying a maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment. Read More

Judge

Raoul Neave

Offender

Guy Hallwright

Victim

Sung Jin Kim

Case 4

Judge David McNaughton dealt a losing hand to Christie Marceau, which proved fatal. You be the Judge.

Christie Marceau was kidnapped, held at knifepoint and threatened with rape and death by Akshay Chand. Despite a written plea from Christie outlining her fears for her safety, and police opposition to Chand's bail application, Judge David McNaughton... Read More

Judge

David McNaughton

Offender

Akshay Chand

Victim

Christie Marceau

Case 3

You can't bluff Judge Forrest Miller. He sentenced serial offender Nicho Waipuka to one of the longest ever sentences for manslaugher.

Phillip Cottrell was bashed and kicked to death in a random and unprovoked attack by serial lawbreaker Nicho Waipuka, who at just 19 years of age had built up a record of 24 convictions prior to killing Phillip Cottrell. Read More

Judge

Forrest Miller

Offender

Nicho Waipuka

Victim

Phillip Cottrell

Case 2

After a violent attack, Judge Philippa Cunningham dealt an 81yr old a losing hand when she gave the offender home detention.

Darren Murphy Fidow, who has numerous criminal convictions despite being just 18 years old, attacked 81 year old pensioner Patricia Sutcliffe. He violently robbed her, tackling her to the ground from behind and in the process breaking her arm and hip. Read More

Judge

Philippa Cunningham

Offender

Darren Murphy Fidow

Victim

Patricia Sutcliffe

Case 1

Judge Mary Peters sentenced a violent child abuser to home detention. Was the victim dealt a losing hand? You be the Judge.

James Hall, the father of a four month old baby, subjected her to prolonged violent abuse over a number of months. This violence included bending her legs behind her, and ultimately breaking them in numerous places. Read More

Judge

Mary Peters

Offender

James Robert Hall

Victim

Baby Girl

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