A barrister has volunteered to appear on behalf of private
prosecutor Graham McCready in a judicial review of John
Banks' committal for trial.
Auckland barrister Michael Lloyd has offered to represent Mr
McCready at no cost, should Crown Law decide not to take over
Mr McCready had earlier put out a public request for
donations to help cover the cost of engaging a lawyer for the
He said a lawyer needed to be ready to respond as soon as
Banks' lawyer filed submissions.
The ACT leader was committed for trial on a charge of
knowingly filing a false election return after an oral
evidence hearing in Auckland District Court last week.
However, this week he announced he would be seeking a
judicial review of the decision.
Mr McCready said the move was "spurious'' and would not
prevent a trial going ahead.
The Solicitor-General is currently considering whether Crown
Law will take over the prosecution.