In the wake of the Privy Council quashing Mark Lundy's
convictions, Prime Minister John Key says the justice system
is working and further measures to stop wrongful convictions
are not needed.
Lundy will probably stand trial a second time for the August
2000 murders of his wife Christine and 7-year-old daughter
It follows David Bain's acquittal in 2009 for the murder of
his parents and siblings, and mounting questions about the
legitimacy of Teina Pora's conviction for the rape and murder
of Susan Burdett in 1992.
Speaking on TVNZ's Breakfast programme this morning, Mr Key
dismissed introducing a new independent body capable of
hearing appeals against wrongful convictions.
"We already have a system that works. We have a system that
allows people to appeal - if they don't agree they can go to
the Court of Appeal and either the Supreme Court or the Privy
Council, so there's lots of checks and balances in the
He said the Bain and Lundy cases were "very complex".
" ... Each of them had appeals that went through various
processes before it got to the Privy Council, which took a
different view. I think overall there are a huge number of
particular cases that go right through from burglary to, at
the top end, murder. And I think the justice system largely
gets that right. Would adding another layer make much
difference? I'm not sure that it would."
Mr Key believed most New Zealanders still had confidence in
the justice system.
"Generally yes. There is a range of views out there on Mark
Lundy and David Bain. There will be some people out there who
think they're both guilty and there will be some people who
think that they're both innocent."