5 Sep 2016

Colin Craig in court to defend defamation case

1:11 pm on 5 September 2016

Former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig is back in court, defending defamation action being taken against him.

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig in Radio New Zealand's Auckland studios.

Colin Craig. Photo: RNZ / Kim Baker Wilson

Mr Craig is being sued by Taxpayers' Union executive director Jordan Williams, who says Mr Craig made false allegations about him in a leaflet and at a press conference in July last year.

A jury of seven men and five women has been selected for the trial before Justice Katz in the High Court at Auckland.

The trial could take up to five weeks.

Lawyers indicated a total of 27 witnesses were expected to give evidence, including Mr Williams and Mr Craig.