The Herald looks as though it's on another crusade. The lead headline on the website reads Guy trial: $1 million spent pre-trial and the story begins:
More than $1 million of public money was spent on the Scott Guy murder case before the trial even started.And the total figure will soar once the Crown prosecution and defence legal teams submit their final invoices for the trial which entered a fifth week.
Quite what the Herald is trying to prove here is anyone's guess. In general, we have a very good criminal justice system in New Zealand, although there will always be exceptions. And that comes with a price tag.
A fundemental tenet of the system is that every defendant is entitled to a competent defence, and that if it is beyond their means, the State pays for it by way of legal aid. The hang-'em-high brigade might begrudge taxpayer money being spend on paying lawyers to defend accused criminals, but it is the kind of thing that a civilised society ought do, and in New Zealand's case, does do.