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Accident Compensation Cases

Leaf v Accident Compensation Corporation (DC, 29/04/03)

Judgment Text

DECISION ON THE PAPERS 
A W Middleton Judge
Background 
[1]
The appellant solicitors filed a notice of appeal on 20 April 2000 against a decision of a Review Officer confirming the respondent's decision to cease entitlements to ongoing cover. 
[2]
There were numerous letters over the next two years between counsel and the Registry regarding further medical reports, applications for legal aid and efforts to set the matter down for a hearing. 
[3]
The Registry received advice that the appellant had instructed new counsel in October 2002. However on 29 November 2002 his new counsel advised that she had not heard from her client for some time and sought leave to withdraw. Counsel provided the last known address for the appellant, which was in Papakura. 
[4]
On 3 December 2002 the Registry wrote to the appellant at the address supplied but has had no response as at 31 March 2003. 
[5]
A check of the “internet telephone directory” was unable to locate an address for the appellant nor does he appear to have a telephone connection. 
[6]
There has been no contact from the appellant since his counsel withdrew. 
Decision 
I dismiss this appeal for want of prosecution. 

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