Tamihere wants jury trial option in defamation case

John Tamihere’s dispute with MediaWorks must go to trial so the former radio host can ask to be judged by his peers, the High Court at Auckland has been told.

Lawyers for both parties appeared before Justice Simon France yesterday to argue over whether the case should play out behind closed doors. 

While MediaWorks wants to go to private arbitration, lawyers for Mr Tamihere say the case must be heard in court, so Mr Tamihere has the option of a jury trial. The parties had failed to reach an agreement via mediation.


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