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27 May, 2015

Organised Crime Bill passes second reading

Justice Minister Amy Adams says the Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill implements a number of measures to strengthen New Zealand’s response to organised crime both domestically and abroad.

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21 May, 2015

$218.6m to continue improving public safety

Budget 2015 provides an additional $218.6 million investment in the justice sector over the next four years, Justice Minister Amy Adams says.

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7 May, 2015

Restorative justice part of supporting family violence victims

Justice Minister Amy Adams has opened a two-day conference which will look at how restorative justice can be used to better support victims of family violence.

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5 May, 2015

More powers for Human Rights Commission

A bill to give the Human Rights Commission greater flexibility in dealing with emerging human rights issues passed its second reading in Parliament today.

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5 May, 2015

NZ human rights report submitted to UN

Justice Minister Amy Adams has submitted the Government’s latest report to the United Nations on civil and political rights in New Zealand.

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4 May, 2015

Govt to improve pecuniary penalties regime

Changes to the provisions governing the use of pecuniary penalties will improve the effectiveness of the legal system, says Justice Minister Amy Adams.

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3 May, 2015

Privacy Week to promote information security

Justice Minister Amy Adams says Privacy Week 2015 is a reminder to people about the importance of keeping personal information secure.

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21 April, 2015

Request for Ellis Commission of Inquiry declined

Justice Minister Amy Adams has declined a request from supporters of Peter Ellis for a Commission of Inquiry on the basis that an inquiry cannot be used to determine the liability of any person.

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20 April, 2015

New code to put victims first

Justice Minister Amy Adams says a new draft Victims Code of Rights will help to ensure victims are better informed and put them at the heart of the justice system.

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17 April, 2015

Pora lodges notification of a claim for compensation

Justice Minister Amy Adams has received a letter from the lawyers for Teina Pora formally notifying her of a claim for compensation for “wrongful conviction and imprisonment”.

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2 April, 2015

Crackdown on child exploitation passes unanimously

A Bill to better protect children from sexual exploitation passed its final reading in Parliament today with unanimous support.

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30 March, 2015

More parents resolving disputes outside court

Almost 70 per cent of family disputes referred to mediation involving children are being settled out of court a year on from the Government’s family justice reforms says Justice Minister Amy Adams.

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26 March, 2015

Royal succession laws come into force

Legislation modernising rules applying to Royal succession to the throne came into force today in New Zealand and in the 16 Realms that share the Queen as Head of State.

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25 March, 2015

Substantial drop in age of court cases

New Zealanders are seeing huge improvements in the time it takes to access justice services with a big reduction in the average age of District Court criminal cases, Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams announced.

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25 March, 2015

Cyberbullies one step closer to being held to account

A Bill to curb the growing incidence of cyberbullying and its devastating effects passed its second reading in Parliament last night.

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24 March, 2015

Lowest number of youth in court in 20 years

The number of young people (aged 10 to 16 years old) appearing in court has more than halved since 2007, Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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20 March, 2015

New inquirer appointed for Bain case

A senior retired Australian judge has been appointed to head up the inquiry into David Bain’s compensation claim, Justice Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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14 March, 2015

Innovative new youth court for Tauranga

A new youth court for Tauranga will place a stronger focus on addressing offending by young Māori says Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams.


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14 March, 2015

Speech at opening of Te Kooti Rangatahi

While crime and the numbers of people appearing in our criminal courts are at their lowest levels since 1978, the reduction has not been as great for Māori. So while the number of Māori in the courts has reduced, the proportion has grown.

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5 March, 2015

$3.6 million to extend Home Safety Service nationwide

Justice Minister Amy Adams has today launched the expansion of the National Home Safety Service to better protect up to 1000 victims of family violence each year.

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28 February, 2015

Australia and New Zealand sign MoU for criminal history checks

Communities on both sides of the Tasman will benefit following the expansion of a criminal history checking service to vet individuals for employment, training and registration purposes.

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27 February, 2015

Gisborne Court gets connected to AVL network

Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams has welcomed the addition of the Gisborne courthouse to the audio visual link (AVL) network that connects courts and prisons.

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25 February, 2015

Bill to curb unnecessary parole hearings passes

The Bill reducing the number of unnecessary parole hearings for offenders who still pose a threat to the community passed its third and final reading in Parliament last night.

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25 February, 2015

Bill to fight child exploitation passes second reading

A Bill to better protect children from sexual exploitation passed its second reading in Parliament last night.

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21 February, 2015

Justice Minister to attend Global Law Summit in London

Justice Minister Amy Adams leaves today to attend an international law conference in London alongside Justice Ministers and Attorney Generals from around the world.

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19 February, 2015

Bill to improve coronial system passes first reading

A Bill to make the coronial system quicker and more effective passed its first reading in Parliament today.

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19 February, 2015

Cabinet to take fresh look at Bain case

The Government has agreed to set aside all previous advice relating to David Bain’s compensation claim and conduct a fresh inquiry, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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19 February, 2015

Govt sets itself tougher crime target

A renewed focus on tackling the drivers of crime has helped the Government exceed its Better Public Service (BPS) target to reduce crime two and a half years ahead of schedule, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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18 February, 2015

Bill to modernise courts one step closer

A Bill to speed up justice and modernise New Zealand’s courts has passed its second reading in Parliament today.

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18 February, 2015

Law Commission work programme confirmed

Justice Minister Amy Adams has today confirmed the Law Commission’s 2015 work programme.

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