The viability of a small town New Zealand District Court is being considered by the Ministry of
Justice. The local Judge, a slightly eccentric character, known as JESUS, for reasons that will become apparent,
battles with a humourless ministry official to keep the Court open, and is supported in that endeavour by
two lawyers, a criminal, and the Court Registrar.
Meanwhile, lawyer Anna Pearce is trying to become a partner of her male dominated law firm, and
registrar Natalie is infatuated with another lawyer, but can't figure out how to get his attention.
Author Tim Hambleton is a prosecutor employed by the New Zealand Police
as a prosecutor, living and working in Dunedin. He has written several plays
based on his day job; his first full length play A Law Unto Themselves was based
on his experience as a lawyer in a small town, was performed by the Invercargill
Repertory Society in 2000, and later by the Methven Theatre Company.
His second play Heaven Help Us! premiered with a sell out season in Clyde, Central
Otago in 2010 and has gone on to be produced ten further times around New Zealand
in both main centres and provincial areas. Holding Court and Thick as Thieves
are full length plays which have been performed in Christchuch, Oamaru and
Tim has also written a number of 10 minute comedies. The Reunion, The Police
Interview, and Crosswords have been finalists in national competitions.
Tim lives in Dunedin with his wife and two children.