Wellington right-to-die lawyer accepts other groups will intervene with her case

By April 27, 2015 Recent News

Stuff co.nz 26 April 2015
A terminally-ill Wellington lawyer trying to clarify the law on assisted dying has accepted a judge’s ruling to allow interest groups to join her court case.
Lecretia Seales, 42, was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in March 2011 but with her health deteriorating, she petitioned the High Court in Wellington to uphold her right to die at a time of her choosing with the assistance of a doctor.
On Friday, Justice David Collins decided the lobby groups Care Alliance, Voluntary Euthanasia, and the Human Rights Commission would be allowed to have a say in her case.
Their intervention would give them the right to present additional evidence to the court under strict conditions. The case was due to start on May 25.
A post written on her behalf on her blog said the groups’ participation would be so strict and on such specific terms, they could only reasonably respond to her circumstances.