We wish you all a Happy and Prosperous 2013.
1. Z v R  NZCA 599: This case clarifies the test for a discharge without conviction under section 106 of the Sentencing Act 2002. In particular, it brings an end to the difficulties of Blythe v R.
2. Nuku v R  NZCA 584: This is a new guideline judgment for injuring with intent to injure. It replaces R v Harris  NZCA 528.
3. Pearce v R  NZCA 596: This is a decision about the use of screens under section 105 of the Evidence Act 2006. It is a reminder that the legislation is to be properly followed and that screens should normally be of one-way glass so that the accused can see the witness
4. Richards v R  NZCA 90: Another case involving prosecutorial misconduct and a reminder about the proper limits that prosecutors should observe when cross-examining and addressing the jury. By way of example see para : "The prosecutor's attack on the accused involved an appeal to prejudice, and was inconsistent with the conduct expected of prosecutors: R v Roulston  NZLR 644 (CA) at 654; R v Stewart  NZSC 53,  3 NZLR 425 at - and Pickering v R  NZCA 311,  3 NZLR 498 at -.