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Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development v L - [2019] 2 NZLR 135

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High Court Wellington
CIV-2018-485-269; [2018] NZHC 2528
10, 26 September 2018
Collins J
Constitutional law — Government powers — Natural Justice — New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 — Benefit Review Committees established to review decisions made by government department — Whether prohibition on statutory decision-makers using fictitious names and signatures in absence of express statutory authority — L’s right to natural justice engaged — No source of government authority for use of fictitious names and signatures — Whether right to natural justice overridden — Whether Ministry of Social Development could justify use of fictitious names and signatures in discharge of duties under Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 — “Remote Client Unit” — “Benefit Review Committees” — “Reasonably practicable” — New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, ss 5 and 27.
New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 — Whether absence of express statutory authority for statutory decision-makers to use fictitious names and signatures when issuing decisions — Whether L’s right to natural justice engaged — Whether any potential source of government authority for use of fictitious names and signatures — Whether right to natural justice overridden — New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, ss 5 and 27.

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