Justice Courtney has been appointed to oversee the defamation trial between the People and Joe Karam. This is a judge only trial. Counsel for Joe Karam is now Peter McKnight, the well known media law specialist from Wellington rather than Michael Reed as previously thought. A pre-trial conference is being held on August 27 in order to arrange affairs for the trial on 14 October.
Could you sum up what issues are likely to be involved here and what the process involves?
Could I suggest this blog be deleted as it is no longer relevant.