Winston Peters seeks judicial review for trespassing Parliament

Former Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has said he is seeking judicial review of the decision to bar him from parliament for two years.

Peters said Wednesday he was doing so after carefully considering the advice of his lawyers.

Trespass notices can be issued under the authority held by Chairman Trevor Mallard.

A judicial review asks a judge to review actions or decisions made by a public or private administrative body.

Peters was trespassed on Tuesday for two years for visiting protesters in Parliament on February 22.

“I intend to seek precedent on behalf of the hundreds of other people who were unreasonably and therefore unlawfully raped for peacefully protesting,” Peters said.

He said it was not about whether former MPs should be treated differently to others at the protest – “they shouldn’t” – but rather “fairness, freedoms, democracy and a law for all New Zealanders”.

“I say the laws of this country should be upheld equally no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, and I think that’s a principle worth fighting for and Neos. – Zealanders should fight for this, because if they don’t they will find decay in their society and the erosion of their basic rights as human beings,” he said earlier. at Breakfast on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had spoken to Speaker Trevor Mallard, encouraging him to speak to other parties in Parliament.

“He ultimately has jurisdiction and responsibility on those grounds, but it’s a matter where he has to decide whether former MPs are treated exactly like everyone else,” Ardern said Tuesday.

Mallard tweeted that a special Parliament group had met to discuss whether former MPs should be exempt from receiving trespass notices, but only ACT backed the proposal.