Long and short of law comical contrast

Police senior prosecutor Tim Hambleton (left) and lawyer James Collins outside the High Court at...
Police senior prosecutor Tim Hambleton (left) and lawyer James Collins outside the High Court at Dunedin yesterday. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
Although Tim Hambleton is a relatively diminutive 1.65m tall, the police senior prosecutor has always had a large presence in the courtroom.

But when lawyer James Collins stooped to get his 2.05m frame through the doorway and join Mr Hambleton, the smiling started, and his image was temporarily shattered.

To keep a long story short, the two lawyers made a rare spectacle of themselves at the High Court in Dunedin yesterday.

Mr Hambleton was the moving counsel for Mr Collins’ admission to the Bar, and to play along with the comic situation, they professed themselves to be "the long and short of the law".

Mr Collins was one of 14 lawyers admitted to the Bar yesterday.

For the 37-year-old, it was not his first Bar admission ceremony.

The American has been practising law for about a decade, and has already been admitted to the Bar in several other jurisdictions, including Washington state, and Guam, where he has practised law more recently.

"So it’s not as momentous an occasion as it is for some of the other people who are just brand new.

"But it was good to have the pomp and ceremony.

"There’s nothing like this in the States, as far as the wigs and the robes go. Not even in the Supreme Court do we do that. It’s a nice tradition."

Mr Collins said he came to Dunedin last year so his wife could study for a PhD at the University of Otago.

To continue his law career in New Zealand, he was assessed by the New Zealand Council of Legal Education, and required to sit a law paper at the University of Otago.

"Then, in February, I took the competency exam for all the other subjects, and I got through that."

Mr Hambleton was full of praise for the newly admitted lawyer.

"Pardon the pun, but he’s head and shoulders above a lot of lawyers here in town."



Add a Comment







Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter