Friday, September 10, 2021

High Court challenge to discharge directive for New Zealand military personnel

The New Zealand media are now reporting on the case of Reddington v Attorney-General, which has just been filed in the High Court at Wellington. I have been instructed to represent (currently) 12 members of the NZDF who have declined COVID-19 vaccination and are liable to discharge under a Chief of Defence Force Directive. My clients allege that the Directive is unlawful because it breaches their right to refuse medical treatment under section 11 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 and circumvents proper process under military law. This case is not so much about whether one believes that the vaccination is or is not a good thing, but whether one believes that the rule of law must prevail, even in a pandemic.

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