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Judge asks anti-vaxxers not to ‘flood’ him with phone calls and emails in NSW

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Judge asks anti-vaxxers to stop ‘flooding’ him with calls and emails related to vaccine mandate hearings as they risk disrupting justice

  • Two separate challenges to vaccine mandates will be heard in court
  • Justice Robert Beech-Jones said his rooms have been flooded with emails
  • Over 1800 emails have been forwarded to Mr. Beech-Jones of anti-vaxxers










Opponents of vaccine mandates have flooded a NSW judge’s office with phone calls and emails, leading to a warning that they risk interfering with the administration of justice.

Two separate challenges to vaccine mandates for certain workers will be urgently heard in the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday.

But in a hearing on Tuesday, Judge Robert Beech-Jones said that because his chambers are “flooded with emails, the legitimate ones can’t get through.”

It coincides with dozens of calls in anti-vaccination groups to contact Justice Beech-Jones about their views.

It coincides with dozens of calls in anti-vaccination groups to contact Justice Beech-Jones about their views (protesters in Byron Bay)

One was shared in an official supporters group for One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts on an encrypted messaging app and viewed 40,000 times.

“If a million of us email Justice Beech-Jones, it must influence his decision, knowing that a million people are terrified of mandatory vaccination,” it claims.

The same message was also shared by a former One Nation senator and repeatedly shared in a group of supporters for a plaintiff involved in a later lawsuit.

A court spokeswoman later confirmed that more than 1,800 emails had been received by the judge’s chambers from people who were interested but not involved in the proceedings.

Speaking to the authors of such emails in a public courtroom, Judge Beech-Jones said, “Please understand that I will not read any of your emails or take your calls.”

“People who do that run the risk of meddling in the justice system, and anyone who encourages this is equally encouraging meddling in the justice system.”

A court spokeswoman later confirmed that more than 1,800 emails had been received by the judge's chambers from people interested but not involved in the proceedings (protesters at a 'freedom rally' in Byron Bay)

A court spokeswoman later confirmed that more than 1,800 emails had been received by the judge’s chambers from people interested but not involved in the proceedings (protesters at a ‘freedom rally’ in Byron Bay)

Each of the courts disputes claims NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard could not reasonably have formed the position that any vaccine mandate was necessary.

There are also constitutional claims and an attempt to prove parliament would not aim to give the health minister “the powers to violate bodily integrity” without clear legal indication.

Lawyers for Northern Rivers’ wife Natasha Henry and five other plaintiffs rely on two experts, while eight experts have prepared statements for those behind the challenge from construction worker Al-Munir Kassam and three others, the court was told.

NSW does not expect lay cross-examination, said attorney Jeremy Kirk SC.

It will call Deputy Chief Health Officer Marianne Gale and another expert to testify on Thursday.

Meanwhile, another series of vaccine mandate challenges will be heard in November, filed by paramedic and Deputy Mayor John Larter and a security guard.

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