More on Judith Collins and the alternative trial processes for sexual violence. In parliament today Minister Collins explained she didn’t want to have different processes for sexual violence cases than other kinds of awful crimes like kidnapping and murder – despite the crimes having different conviction rates and different experiences for those victimised. She then tried to quote an opposition MP before being reminded by Lockwood Smith that she was supposed to be answering the question herself.
Minister Collins looks rattled on this – and underdone. She doesn’t appear to have read the Law Commission recommendations, or understand that the justice system is failing survivors of sexual violence in unique, proven-by-research ways. She looks like she doesn’t understand the issues. She looks like she doesn’t care.
It’s not a good look for a Minister of Justice with designs on party leadership. Check it out here.