A criminal lawyer has appeared in court charged with delivering a cellphone, cigarettes and a lighter to a high-profile murderer serving a life sentence.
Suppression orders prevent the publication of the woman's name and age, the name of the prisoner and details of his crime, history and sentence.
The Herald understands that she is alleged to have taken an iPhone, a packet of Marlboro cigarettes and a Bic lighter to the inmate on October 7 in Mt Eden Prison.
The date of the visit was about two months after a smoking ban was introduced in prison.
It is unclear how or when the pair first met but it is understood she was not representing him legally.
The lawyer has been charged under the Corrections Act, which deals with unauthorised deliveries, communications, recordings, and possession of unauthorised items to prisoners inside a jail.
She first appeared in court last month and pleaded not guilty to the charge. She was remanded on bail with conditions.
The Herald applied to the court for access to the lawyer's file, including details of the police case against her.
She was set to appear in front of a judge yesterday, but after he alerted the court to the fact that he knew her, her case was put before a community magistrate instead.
The magistrate refused to deal with the Herald's application, or to listen to the newspaper's argument for opposing name suppression, partially based on the fact that she had not had time to review the relevant documents.
She adjourned the case until February, and ruled that the tight suppression order - which was also opposed by police - remain in place until at least then.
Police refused to comment on the case as it is before the courts. The Department of Corrections said it did not comment on specific prisoners or go into detail about their individual visitation rights.
A source said the lawyer and the prisoner had essentially refused to speak to police about the alleged incident or the nature of their relationship.
If convicted, the lawyer faces up to three months in prison and/or a fine of up to $5000.
A conviction could also end her career.
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