April 14, 2024

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Auckland Crown Solicitor Brian Dickey Resigns

Auckland Crown Solicitor Brian Dickey has resigned his placement and intends going to the Bar this summer season.

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Dickey’s departure is the latest in checklist of litigators who have remaining Meredith Connell in the past calendar year, which include Nick Williams, Kim Francis and Leo Farmer.

The company announced the appointment of five new partners past 7 days.

Dickey, who has managed a broad selection of profile prosecutions which includes the Grace Millane homicide, has held the Auckland Crown warrant for 8 several years nd been a Meredith Connell companion for 22 yrs.

A push assertion from his workplace stated he will remain Crown Solicitor, overseeing the prosecution of critical criminal offense in the Auckland region,  and chair of the organization right up until a new Crown Solicitor is appointed by the Lawyer-Typical and commences in the purpose, a system expected to choose some months.

As Crown Solicitor, he the prosecutions of general public corruption in nearby federal government in R v Borlase, grave drug-afflicted violence in R v Blom,  and the murder of Constable Matthew Hunt and attempted murder of Constable David Goldfinch in R v Epiha.

In the early 2010s, he was popular prosecuting finance firm instances following the International Fiscal Crisis, including R v Petricevic.

He said that it experienced been an honour and a privilege to serve the Crown, with the authority of the Attorney Basic delegated to the Solicitor-General and, through that, the general public as Crown Solicitor.

“None of us who prosecute critical criminal offense at MC and the other Crown Solicitor offices at any time forget about the victims and whānau , who open up up to us in private and in open court docket about the harm experienced by them or their beloved ones from violent and other major crimes.

“The New Zealand Law enforcement and numerous specialists who guide persons impacted by crime have my  abiding regard.”

He thanked Solicitor-General Una Jagose QC and Deputy Solicitor-Typical Madeleine Laracy and her crew at the Crown Law Office environment for their leadership, route, professionalism and wisdom, for their unwavering guidance of the Crown Solicitors’ Network and for becoming so inclined to engage with the Crown prosecutors at MC, which includes in finding  principled success on delicate issues.

“Nobody could do this task without a amazing, really professional and fantastically skilled team driving them, and the Crown and I have been exceptionally nicely served in that regard by every person at MC,” he reported.

“My senior Crown workforce of Alysha McClintock, Brett Tantrum and Robin McCoubrey and right up until just lately David Johnstone are the ideal prison prosecutors and colleagues any lawyer could hope to operate with.

“I am in the same way incredibly very pleased of the improvement of the next generation of Crown management in Auckland which include Fiona Culliney, Henry Steele, Sam McMullan, Claire Paterson, Matthew Nathan and of all the many legal professionals who carry out Crown operate within just my warrant region. 

“As Aotearoa’s most significant litigation organization by significantly, MC has been in the privileged position of becoming in a position to devote much more in ongoing instruction of the future generation of prosecutors and other litigators than any other, which include in our outstanding new schooling court docket space in our new MC Centre in Auckland.”

The firm has its possess practice courtroom to practice its litigators from new premises in downtown Auckland.

Dickey reported that he hoped his legacy will be getting led the modernisation of MC and the techniques of the Auckland Crown.

“Over the last 8 a long time, MC has labored to give significant impact to Te Tiriti o Waitangi in carrying out the warrant, started the journey of producing a connection with tangata whenua, tangata moana and in celebrating all the diversity of Tāmaki Makaurau in everything we do.

“From Te Kuhunga in secondary colleges by to regular on-position coaching, we have made reliable pathways to provide the Crown for people of all genders, orientations, faiths and cultures.

“The partnership appears to be forward to continuing to provide both equally the Crown and the total local community. Our ongoing modernisation will be managed and enhanced by all people who follow me at MC.”

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