27 Aug 2013

Murray ordered to pay $62k

4:20 pm on 27 August 2013

Auckland lawyer Davina Murray has been ordered to pay more than $62,000 in costs for her failed legal action in the High Court.

Murray, a Maori Party candidate at the 2011 election, was found guilty of smuggling a cell phone and cigarettes to convicted rapist and murderer Liam Reid in prison.

During her legal battle she sought reviews of District Court decisions in the High Court at Auckland.

In his decision released on Tuesday, Justice Wylie said Murray had contributed unnecessarily to the time and expense of the proceedings and failed to comply with rules in filing her statement of claim.

Murray, who was bankrupted last year, has been ordered to pay the police, the Department of Corrections and the private prison operator, SERCO.