Attorney-General satisfied with conduct of Crown Law

  • Christopher Finlayson

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson today announced he is satisfied with the conduct of Crown Law in relation to R v Banks.

“Following the release of the Court of Appeal’s recent decision in R v Banks and a number of adverse comments made in the media, I indicated I would take a careful look at Crown Law’s management of the case in my capacity as minister responsible for the Crown Law Office. I have now done so.

“The proceeding was commenced as a private prosecution by Mr Graham McCready. The decision to commit Mr Banks to trial was an independent judicial decision.

“Apart from limited involvement at various stages of the case, Crown Law briefed an independent barrister to conduct the prosecution. It did so for a number of reasons, including the involvement of Mr Dotcom as a witness and the politically controversial nature of the case.

“Mr Banks has had a distinguished career in both central and local government and I acknowledge the distress this matter has caused his family and him. I am, however, satisfied that Crown Law’s supervision of the litigation was satisfactory and in line with the Prosecution Guidelines 2013.

“Because of the personalised nature of some of the allegations about the conduct of the Solicitor-General, I state for the record that he has my full confidence. He is an outstanding Solicitor-General.

“The next step in this case will be the determination of costs, which is a matter for Crown Law and Mr Banks’ lawyer. I will be making no further comments.”