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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 1, No. 19 September 6, 1938

Political Offences

Political Offences.

The author, in his chapter "Political Aspects of the Law." shows how hopeless it is for the accused in cases of sedition, unlawful assembly and similar crimes to receive a just trial. How the law may be used for the political ends, not necessarily of the Government, but of the police officials, he shows by an exhaustive discussion of relevant statutes in the light of recent prosecutions. Can the offenders expect generous treatment at the hands of their opponents who do not even understand their pleas? That question is answered by "Barrister." but here in New Zealand, we are less affected by his criticism than England, for in this country progressive thought has largely taken the place of the archaic conservatism of the old school lawyers.

The book is above all, easy to read as it contains as well as a wealth of legal information, a fund of satirical humour. "Salient" recommends the book as one which all concerned with the administration of justice as well as of law, should read, and which those who are working for a salutory change in society should inwardly digest.


[This article was rejected by the "N.Z. Law Journal"]