The New Zealand Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care has the largest scope of any similar international inquiry. The Inquiry is considering a range of faith based and state institution settings and a range of themes over a 50 year time period, including the experience of the disabled, Pacific Islanders and Māori in care. Estimates are that 250,000 children may have been abused in care in this time period. Now mid-way through the life of the Inquiry, there have been many lessons learned as to how to scope and conduct an historical investigation in an inclusive, trauma informed manner and the resources that are likely to be required.
Anne is a barrister at Canterbury Chambers in Christchurch and has a general practice in civil, employment and criminal litigation. Anne completed her AWI training in Whistler in 2018.
Ruth is an experienced litigator, with more than 16 years’ experience in criminal prosecution work (both as a Crown Prosecutor and as a Senior Police Prosecutor).
Graeme formally worked as a lawyer and judge in employment law for over 40 years, Graeme has extensive experience in workplace investigations and now works as a Barrister.