Gloriavale accused of misleading plaintiffs in employment case: RNZ
By Jean Edwards | RNZ |
Gloriavale’s leaders have misled the barrister representing six former members by appearing with their own lawyer for closing submissions in a long-running case, despite saying the Christian community could no longer afford a legal team, the Employment Court has heard.
The development resulted in Chief Judge Christina Inglis adjourning the hearing until Wednesday, when Gloriavale will deliver its final arguments, Inglis saying it was “regrettable” and “disappointing”.
Shepherds Samuel Valor and Stephen Standfast have been representing Gloriavale since the case resumed last month, but appeared with barrister Carter Pearce on Tuesday morning.
Brian Henry – the barrister for the six former Gloriavale women who have brought the case – had earlier agreed to reverse the normal order for closing submissions and “disclose his hand” by addressing the court first, because Gloriavale did not have legal representation.
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