Read the emails that may take down the chief justice

Explosive emails between two of New Zealand’s top legal brains reveal under-fire Supreme Court judge Justice Bill Wilson might attempt to bring down Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias if he was sacked.

RAW DATA:  Click here to read the emails.

In today’s print edition of the National Business Review, it was revealed that top commercial lawyer Jim Farmer QC and retired Court of Appeal judge Sir Ted Thomas were in regular contact during an appeal of a decision Justice Wilson was part of.

The emails cover a period from July last year through until September, during which Mr Farmer and Sir Ted discussed Justice Wilson’s predicament and the need to ensure that another player in the wrangle, fellow high profile lawyer Alan Galbraith QC, was protected.

NBR was told this morning that Sir Ted has been in contact with legal advisers about the coverage. He declined to comment when contacted by NBR.

"No, no, no, no, no. You appreciate that I can't make any comment," he said.

Justice Wilson is facing investigation by a judicial conduct panel for his conduct over conflict of interest claims resulted from his business relationship with Mr Galbraith who appeared before him during a Court of Appeal hearing in 2007.

The emails can be viewed here.

For the full story, see today’s print edition of NBR.

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