The Christchurch Civic Crèche Case
This page last updated Dec 16 2008
October 2008 - Ministry of Justice advice to Rick Barker exposed
This site has obtained a copy of a letter from Jeff Orr, the Chief Legal Counsel, outlining advice from the Ministry of Justice to the Associate Minister of Justice, Hon Rick Barker of “the benefits that might be expected to accrue from conducting a commission of inquiry into the Peter Ellis case”
The full text of the briefing has been provided exposing what this site considers is the totally inadequate advice to the Minister
New Evidence in the Peter Ellis
· Does Val Sim know how Louise Sas came to be nominated in the Eichelbaum inquiry?
· Why does Val Sim believe that Profesor Stephen Ceci was unworthy of selection as an international expert?
· Did Val Sim suggest to Eichelbaum that he should appoint more than two experts?
· Did Val Sim know of the close friendship between Ellis judge Neil Williamson and Eichelbaum, when she recommended Eichelbaum as head of the Ministerial inquiry?
· At the time of the inquiry did Val Sim believe the convictions of Ellis to be safe, given her concerns for participants for the prosecution?
· Are staff at the Justice Ministry obliged to declare potential or actual conflicts of interest?
· Does Ms Clark believe that Val Sim should have declared a potential or actual conflict of interest before taking part in the Eichelbaum inquiry?
· Does Ms Clark believe that Val Sim should have recused herself from the inquiry?
· If Val Sim were still employed by the Justice Ministry and could participate in another Ellis inquiry, would Ms Clark encourage Val Sim to declare a potential or conflict of interest?
Graphic - The role of Val SIm The role of Val Sim in the mysterious appointment of an obscure Canadian prosecution advocate as a “world authority in child memory and suggestibility”