John is a Senior Solicitor in the Regulatory Branch of the Crown Specialist Team. He conducts jury trials and criminal prosecutions on behalf of the Crown, as well as prosecutions on behalf of government departments and regulatory agencies.
Prior to joining MC, John worked as an In-House Lawyer for the Department of Internal Affairs where he prosecuted objectionable publications and gambling offences, and provided legal advice on regulatory, policy, and enforcement issues. John is also a former Police Prosecutor who regularly appeared in the District Court and conducted Judge alone trials.
In addition, John has first-hand experience in regulatory enforcement and investigations, having worked as an enforcement officer for government departments including the Ministry for Primary Industries as an Honorary Fishery Officer, and the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment as an Authorised Inspector.
- R v Shramka  NZDC 8051 – a one week long jury trial for recent and historic family violence charges. The defendant was found guilty on the more serious charges of strangulation, injuring with intent to injure, two breaches of protection order, and male assaults female.
- R v Taylor DC Auckland CRI-2019-004-009449, 11 February 2021 – a two day jury trial where the defendant was found guilty of the charge of receiving stolen property.
- Department of Internal Affairs v Chadwick  NZDC 20716 – an objectionable publications case involving a convicted child sex offender from Australia, that resulted in an end sentence of six years and nine months’ imprisonment.
- Police v Orchard DC Waitakere CRI-2016-090-4837, 22 September 2017 – trial for theft of family heirlooms where the Judge found the offence proven “beyond a shadow of a doubt”.
LLB, University of Auckland