Petition update

It is not fair.

Corinda Taylor
New Zealand

Oct 4, 2019 — 

I don't post very often but today I'm frustrated. I ask for your help to support this petition to ensure fairness for all families during coronial inquests or hearings on paper.

I'm expected to prepare lengthy reports for the coroner in a way that I'm not familiar with. The expectations placed on us has been very unfair. It is also very unfair on Ross Taylor who has no lawyer to represent his case fairly.

We are facing a seven day inquest without our own lawyers due to the costs involved. I am taking strain because coroners tell families that inquests are non-adversarial, so families don’t need legal representation. But that is not the experience of many families including ourselves. We are facing several different legal teams when we ourselves have nothing. We also face many expert witnesses. Most families cannot afford the huge financial costs to employ expert legal advice or expert witnesses. Families are then told to get legal aid, which is also not free and our family certainly doesn't qualify for legal aid.

We cannot afford to pick the best legal representation required to represent our beloved son, Ross Taylor. This is not fair.

We are now also expected to cross examine witnesses facing this cruel and unjust system. Everyone else is well skilled and well trained in cross examination except families. How can this be fair? 

We know that even expert lawyers will spend considerable time in preparation for inquests. They need to prepare many documents the same as us who have no legal support. This is the first time for us and we have no experience doing this.

Please sign petition below to ensure all families get the best legal representation to ensure the truth is not papered over and so that other families do not lose their voice.

Thank you 

Corinda Taylor

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