Rickards allowed to practice law

The NZ Law Society has granted a certificate of character, allowing him to become a lawyer.

I think this was the right decision, even though the instinctive reaction is against it.

Rickards at the end of the day was never found guilty in a courtroom. His behaviour did lead to him having to abandon his Police career – no mean thing for an Assistant Commissioner.

I doubt many people will want to use Rickards as their lawyer. And almost everyone will be aware of his past. But f he wants to practice law, and there are people willing to hire him, then the Law Society is correct not to stop that happening.

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