Bolton not only had the highest legal advice but he also had impeccably qualified Nautical advice
Judge Toogood Pads Out His Waste of Space.
He repeats from Judge Davis’s Ill-Advised Decision
In communications between the appellant and Maritime New Zealand and its legal advisers, beginning with the letter enclosing the summonses, and ending with an email to the appellant. The prosecution urged the appellant to seek legal representation to assist him in the preparation of his defence. He declined to do so. In submissions he prepared for the purposes of a status hearing, he said:
“I realize lawyers prefer to speak with lawyers but my nautical & practical knowledge is something not many available lawyers would have.”
The correspondence indicates that the appellant did take legal advice of one kind or another on several occasions, including speaking to the Duty Solicitor on the date of the status hearing as a result of encouragement from the presiding Judge.
Bolton writes a Submission Appealing Judge Toogood’s Decision …
The Appellant had legal & navigational advice from a very high level with evidence that the matter was the fault of the ferry. Every endeavour was made to present the evidence to MNZ that the Prosecution should not proceed/be withdrawn.
Note in addition to the above Submission …
Bolton was not only able to discuss the case with Duty Solicitors at various Court sessions but through-out the months prior to the Hearing, with one of New Zealand’s top criminal Lawyers who was also an internationally experienced yacht owner and sailor. He was competent in every aspect, to discuss Maritime Collision Regulations in detail with Bolton. It was unfortunate that he had recently retired, suffering with the onset of cancer which eventually took his life this year.
Bolton not only had the highest legal advice but he also had impeccably qualified Nautical advice from Julian Joy, then a senior Lecturer at Auckland Maritime School.
Link for Seeing, Signing & Sharing Petition – http://maritimenz.com/AnnulConvictionGainedByAbuseOfCourtProcess
Bolton was up against Auckland Waterfront Vigilante-ism &
the dishonesty of Maritime New Zealand with its witnesses