district court logo

R v Parry [2022] NZDC 3201

Published 30 June 2022

Application to withdraw as counsel — conflict of interest. The defendant faced a charge of receiving stolen property, and in this pretrial application his counsel applied to withdraw as counsel on the morning of trial. The Court found her reasons for the request unclear, although she mentioned a possible conflict of interest and an appeal involving a witness who had previously been sentenced by the Court. However as the prosecution accepted that counsel may not have been in a position to fully represent the defendant, the Court allowed counsel's application to withdraw. Judgment Date: 25 February 2022. * * * Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements. * * *