Christopher Griggs Appointed as Member of the Veterans Entitlements Appeal Board

The Minister for Veterans has appointed Barristers.Comm member, Christopher Griggs, as a member of the Veterans' Entitlements Appeal Board pursuant to section 241 of the Veterans' Support Act 2014 for a two-year term commencing on 21 April 2019. The function of the Appeal Board is to determine appeals against review decisions made under Part 7 of the Act. The Appeal Board has a range of powers including powers to receive and take evidence, require documents, and summon witnesses. There is a right of appeal to the High Court against a determination of the Appeal Board, but only on a question of law.

Christopher Griggs Appointed as Counsel for The Kosovo Specialist Chambers

The Kosovo Specialist Chambers are part of the judicial system of Kosovo. The Chambers are attached to each level of the Kosovo court system. They were established by a Constitutional Amendment and a Law adopted by the Kosovo Assembly to conduct trials for allegations stemming from a 2011 Council of Europe report, which alleges serious violations of international law.

 The Kosovo Specialist Chambers are of temporary nature with a specific mandate and jurisdiction, namely over certain crimes against humanity, war crimes and other crimes under Kosovo law which allegedly occurred between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2000. The Law allows for the relocation of the proceedings outside Kosovo, and the Specialist Chambers have a seat in The Hague (see image).  They are staffed with international judges, prosecutors and staff. On ANZAC Day, Barristers.Comm member Christopher Griggs was appointed as Counsel on the List of Specialist Counsel and the List of Victims’ Counsel before the Specialist Chambers.

Christopher Griggs talks to Radio New Zealand about Military Law Reform in Fiji

On 26 February 2019, RNZ broadcast an interview with chambers member Christopher Griggs about Fiji’s military justice review and its importance for insuring compliance with the human rights guaranteed by Fiji’s Constitution.

Hear Christopher at 16:00.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/programmes/datelinepacific/audio/2018684189/dateline-pacific-evening-edition-for-26-february-2019

Christopher Griggs in Suva for military law reform project

Barristers.Comm member, Christopher Griggs, is currently in Suva for initial meetings with Fiji’s Minister of Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs, Chief Justice and senior officials of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces as part of a New Zealand Government-sponsored, Fiji-led initiative to reform Fiji’s military law.  He will return to Wellington on 23 February 2019.

Captain Charlotte Greig NZALS, Commander Griggs, Hon Inia Seruiratu, HE Jonathan Curr (New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji)

Christopher Griggs Rejoins Navy

On 5 February 2019, chambers member Christopher Griggs was attested as a Commander in the Royal New Zealand Naval Reserve.  Christopher has been appointed by the New Zealand Defence Force to lead its contribution to a root-and-branch reform of the military justice system of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.  While this work will take Christopher to Suva from time to time, he will do most of the work (and maintain the remainder of his practice) from Barristers.Comm in Wellington.

Celebrating 2018

On 1 December 2018, past and present members of Barristers.Comm gathered at Tinakori Bistro to celebrate an eventful year at our annual Christmas dinner.

We marked Dr Graham Taylor’s retirement from practice as well as the imminent departure of our Secretary and Clerk, Anna Price. Anna has recently finished her legal studies. We also farewelled our most recent Rechtsreferendarin (German Intern), Laura Louca to whom we gave a pounamu to mark her time in New Zealand.

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