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Visiting judge has variety of cases to deal with

Tuesday May 02, 2017 Written by Published in Local

Cook Islands High Court judge Judith Potter will preside over criminal and civil court cases for the next two weeks.


Her first week began yesterday with a criminal jury trial. Ngatamariki Katuke and Toumiti Katuke, represented by defence lawyer Norman George, face multiple charges of injuring with intent. Toumiti is facing one count, while Ngatamariki faces three counts of the same charge.

An Atiuan dialect translator will be present during the trial, which is scheduled to continue until Thursday.

Today, Tautua Iosefa who is accused of indecent assault, will appear in regard to his pending trial. He is represented by Mark Short

On Thursday Andrew Paterson will be sentenced on a charge of careless driving causing injury, and Ngatamariki and Toumiti Katuke will make their final scheduled appearance.

An application for review of a Cook Island Rugby League Association decision will be decided on Thursday afternoon. Norman George will defend the Ngatangiia-Matavera Rugby League Club, whilst Wilkie Rasmussen will defend the Cook Islands Rugby League Association and Avatiu Rugby League Club.

On Friday a judge-alone trial is scheduled. Charles Boyle who has been accused of careless driving causing injury will be represented by Norman George. In an unusual twist, a witness will give evidence via Skype as they no longer live on Rarotonga.

Next Monday a judicial settlement conference between the Attorney General and Norman George will be held, whilst a $US 3 million claim involving Asiaciti Trust Pacific Ltd is up for mention on Tuesday.

Thursday will be sentencing day for Tavita Teaurere on nine counts of burglary, five counts of contempt of court, three counts of being party to an offence. Teaurere’s other charges include being unlawfully found on a property, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and theft.

Judge Judith Potter was appointed judge of the High Court, in September 2012.

The appointment post-dated her retirement as a judge of the New Zealand High Court, where she sat as a judge for over 15 years.

Potter was the second woman appointed to the role, Justice Christine Grice being the first. 

The former president of the Auckland District Law Society and the New Zealand Law Society has been involved in several high-profile cases, including jailing notorious samurai swordsman Antonie Dixon in 2005.

More recently she presided over internet mogul Kim Dotcom’s hearing.

Potter will leave the country on Saturday May 13.

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