After it applied for and was granted a (now removed) superinjunction, the New Zealand Law Society has indicated today it would seek a further court order.
“The negative online reaction to the superinjunction has caused us to consider our legal options. The simplest way forward seems to be to seek a court order to prevent people talking about our superinjunction,” said an NZLS spokesperson.
Injunction: No one is allowed to talk about the thing.
Superinjunction: No one is allowed to talk about the fact that no one can talk about the thing.
Contemplated hyperinjunction: No one will be allowed to talk about the fact that no one is allowed to talk about the fact that no one is allowed to talk about the thing.
The move would not be without legal precedent. The first hyperinjunction was thought to have been granted in 2007. Very little detail is known, but in March of that year court bailiffs removed the section on superinjunctions from every copy of McGechan on Procedure in the country in a bid to enforce what is thought to have been the order.
Legal experts described the next step after a hyperinjunction as an ultrainjunction, which would involve a judge of the High Court personally inserting a ball gag into the mouth of every person in the country.