The first ground for her application was that, being a criminal offence, the alleged blackmail could not form part of the “purposes of mediation” referred to in section 148 of the Employment Relations Act 2000 and therefore fell outside the statutory confidentiality granted by that section. As an alternative, she asserted that the alleged blackmail fell within the exception considered, but not determined, by the Court of Appeal in Just Hotel Ltd v Jesudhass (2008) 8 NZELC 99,137. The Court there had opened the possibility of “evidence of serious criminal conduct” during a mediation being admissible, as a public policy exception.

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