Former district court judge Michael Guest has applied to
practise law again.
A notice placed by the New Zealand Law Society in Law
Talk magazine called for any objections to Mr Guest's
application, or to any of the other named applicants.
The cut-off date for objections was last Thursday, but law
society regulatory general manager Mary Olivier declined to
say, when contacted, whether Mr Guest's application drew
The former Dunedin City councillor was denied a practising
certificate in 2010 by the law society, and the decision was
upheld by the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal.
In 2009, he was reinstated to the High Court's roll of
barristers and solicitors, but without a practising
certificate could not provide services in certain areas of
Mr Guest declined to comment on the new application when
contacted at his home in Wanaka yesterday.
He was struck off in 2001. He was found guilty on two counts
of professional misconduct for lying to a client and taking
from her $25,000 more for costs than he was entitled to. Mrs
Olivier said she could not comment on Mr Guest's application.
''Depending on whether or not any objections come dictates
what the next process is.
''Where there are objections, they may go to one of our
practice approval committees.
''I can't confirm or deny whether Mr Guest's application
would go through that committee, because I don't think that
decision's been made, and in any event it would be
confidential if it had been made.''