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  • New Zealand's seventh periodic report under the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

    Download: List of Issues (PDF, 221KB) Download: New Zealand's draft Seventh Periodic Report under the Convention against Torture (PDF, 1.52MB) Download: Overview of issues covered in the Report (PDF, 211KB) The Government is preparing its seventh report to the United Nations on the implementation of the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. New Zealand is one of more than 160 countries that have ratified the... More
    Closed 17 June 2019
  • Improving the legal aid provider experience - proposed changes to the approval process

    Background This project has been established to improve the experience that lawyers have with our approval and contracting processes for legal aid services. The intent of this work is to ensure that any improvements made will streamline, integrate and align with the rest of the legal aid system so that transactions are seamless, effective and not administratively burdensome. This consultation relates to the application form and the guidelines for applying to be a legal aid provider.... More
    Closed 12 November 2019
  • Legal Aid Electronic Pilot (Providers)

    The Auckland legal aid office has been working electronically since 17 February 2020. We would like your feedback on your experience so we can determine what is working well and any areas where we could improve. More
    Closed 12 June 2020
  • Public consultation on a proposal for New Zealand to join the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime

    Update 18 February 2021: Cabinet has agreed that New Zealand will seek to join the Budapest Convention. This includes decisions about the changes required to join the Convention. You can find details of Cabinet’s decision and a summary of submissions received here: New Zealand to join the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime. The New Zealand Government is considering joining the Council of Europe’s Budapest... More
    Closed 11 September 2020
  • Have your say about cross-border disclosures under the Privacy Act 2020

    The Ministry of Justice is consulting on regulations to be made specifying countries for overseas disclosures under section 214 of the Privacy Act 2020 (the Act). As part of this process, we invite you to provide your views on the countries you would find it most valuable to see prioritised and why. Section 214 of the Act allows for regulations to be made prescribing countries that have comparable privacy safeguards to those in the Act. If a country is prescribed, a New Zealand... More
    Closed 4 December 2020
  • Legal Aid - PDLA Providers

    Over the last few months Legal Aid Services have received several complaints from Police regarding providers being uncontactable for Police Detention Legal Assistance (PDLA). Legal Aid Services are looking at how the administration of the system can be improved in the long term and this work will get underway early 2021. In the meantime, it’s important that we ensure timely access to justice throughout the holiday period and so we are proposing to... More
    Closed 10 December 2020
  • Court-appointed Communication Assistance Quality Framework

    Communication assistance is one of the tools used to support vulnerable defendants and witnesses to participate in court proceedings. Vulnerable participants include children, people with disabilities, neurodiversity, mental health conditions and experience of trauma. Using communication assistance can improve a participant’s understanding and help them give better quality evidence. The Ministry of Justice is enhancing the existing Communication Assistance service to ensure it is: ... More
    Closed 19 February 2021
  • Provider feedback on the holiday period PDLA roster trial

    In 2020 the Ministry of Justice (the Ministry) received feedback indicating there may be opportunity for the Ministry to improve timely access to justice by making it easier for Police to contact Police Detention Legal Assistance (PDLA) lawyers. In response to the feedback, and to ensure there was timely access to justice throughout the holiday period, the Ministry trialed a change to the PDLA service which ran from 18 December 2020 to 11 January 2021. During this trial,... More
    Closed 24 February 2021
  • Proposed Legal Services Model - AODT Court, Auckland and Waitākere

    Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua, the Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court, began as a pilot in November 2012 at the District Court in Auckland and Waitākere. In December 2019, the Minister of Justice announced the Government's commitment to making the pilot AODT Court in Auckland and Waitākere permanent. An updated legal services model is proposed to support the permanent AODT Court at Auckland and Waitākere. The proposed model also intends to address one of the recommendations... More
    Closed 5 April 2021
  • National Strategy and Action Plans - Have Your Say

    Have your say Mahi tahi tōu korero Thank you for your interest in taking part in this survey By taking part in this survey you will be providing information to help develop a National Strategy and Action Plans to eliminate family violence and sexual violence. You can choose to answer all or just some of the questions in this survey. Your safety is important to us - He mea nui ki a koe tō āhuru We do not ask for any personal... More
    Closed 30 June 2021
  • Incitement of Hatred and Discrimination in Aotearoa New Zealand

    We invite your input on six Government proposals to make Aotearoa New Zealand safer for everyone, by strengthening the provisions that protect groups from speech that incites hatred, and by improving protections against discrimination. The incitement of hatred against a group based on a shared characteristic, such as ethnicity, religion or sexuality, is an attack on our values of inclusiveness and diversity. Such incitement is intolerable and has no place in our... More
    Closed 6 August 2021
  • Review of adoption laws in Aotearoa New Zealand

    We want to hear from you about how we can change our adoption laws to meet the values and needs of Aotearoa New Zealand in 2021 and beyond. The aim of the review is to create a new system that provides strong safeguards for protecting the rights, best interests and welfare of children, and upholds our international human rights obligations. We need to make sure we’re putting our tamariki, our children, at the heart of our adoption laws. What's happening? Te Tāhū o te Ture... More
    Closed 31 August 2021
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) Report

    On 22 December 2021, the New Zealand Government is due to submit a Report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (the CERD Committee). The CERD Committee monitors how well New Zealand is implementing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of New Zealand (CERD). CERD is the main international human rights treaty dealing with racial discrimination, and it focuses on matters such as addressing race-based discrimination or violence, and... More
    Closed 23 November 2021
  • Justice Sector Long-term Insights Briefing

    Nau mai, haere mai. The Long-term Insights Briefings are a new government initiative requiring agencies to develop and share insights on the trends, risks and opportunities that affect, or may affect, Aotearoa New Zealand. Ara Poutama Aotearoa – Corrections, Te Tāhū o te Ture – the Ministry of Justice, Oranga Tamariki, the Serious Fraud Office and Crown Law are working together with New Zealand Police and Ināia Tonu Nei (a name shared by a... More
    Closed 30 November 2021
  • AML/CFT Act review

    The Government is reviewing the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing Act 2009 (the Act). The Act helps to keep Aotearoa New Zealand safe from money laundering and terrorism financing, so our country has a trustworthy and legitimate financial system. This review allows us to ask ourselves: have we got this right? Does the Act cause you any problems? We want to hear from you about your experiences and how you think we can improve our anti-money laundering... More
    Closed 3 December 2021
  • Proposed changes to political donation rules in our electoral law

    The Ministry of Justice wants to hear your views about possible changes to the political donation rules in the Electoral Act 1993. Consultation is open from Friday, 3 December 2021 to Tuesday, 25 January 2022. Your feedback will help inform Government decisions on whether changes to this area should be made ahead of the next General Election in 2023. What is happening? The Minister of Justice has asked for advice on whether there are improvements... More
    Closed 25 January 2022
  • Wayfinding for civil justice

    The civil justice system is complex and multi-faceted; different people and organisations are experts in different parts of the system. For the system to work effectively from a user perspective, there needs to be a degree of coordination and coherence that can only be achieved through an overarching shared strategy to guide our way to improved access to justice. The Chief Justice and Secretary for Justice invite you to be part of the creation of a national strategic framework,... More
    Closed 30 June 2022
  • Reform of adoption laws in Aotearoa New Zealand

    The Government is reforming our adoption laws. The aim of the reform is to create a new system that protects the rights, best interests and welfare of children, upholds our Tiriti o Waitangi obligations, and upholds our international human rights obligations. We want to put tamariki, our children, at the heart of our adoption laws. We’re holding a second round of engagement between June and August 2022 to seek people’s views on the options for... More
    Closed 7 August 2022
  • Digital Strategy for Courts and Tribunals - Draft for Consultation

    Digital Strategy for Courts of New Zealand The Digital Strategy addresses how technology can enable courts to do better what they do now, capitalising on the lessons learned about use of technology in the courts during the Covid-19 pandemic. It also looks at how technology can enable courts to administer justice in new ways to better serve the community, including those whose justice needs are not currently being met. The Government’s announcement of significant investment in... More
    Closed 30 September 2022
  • Broadening the Privacy Act’s notification rules

    The Government is considering potential changes to the notification rules for collecting personal information under the Privacy Act 2020. The Ministry of Justice wants to hear from stakeholders and the public on the form and scope of the proposals. They would broaden the Act’s requirements for an individual to be notified when an agency collects their personal information indirectly through a third party. Extending the requirement to indirect collection would promote... More
    Closed 30 September 2022
  • Review of the Intelligence and Security Act 2017

    Independent reviewers are reviewing the Intelligence and Security Act 2017 (the Act). The Prime Minister has appointed Sir Terence Arnold KNZM and Matanuku Mahuika to undertake the review. She has also appointed Dr Penelope Ridings as special advisor to support the review. They are keen to hear any views you may have about the Act. The purpose of the Act is to protect New Zealand as a free, open and democratic society. One way it does this is by establishing clear... More
    Closed 30 September 2022
  • Long-term Insights Briefing

    Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to the second round of consultation on the Justice Sector Long-term Insights Briefing. Last year we asked for your views on our proposed topic for this consultation: Long-term insights about imprisonment and what these tell us about future risks and opportunities. Thank you to the 1,500 New Zealanders who took part, your input was valuable and has helped inform the draft briefing. We now invite you to take part in the... More
    Closed 7 October 2022
  • Independent Electoral Review

    The Independent Electoral Review (the review) was set up by the Minister of Justice to review Aotearoa New Zealand’s election laws. Modern and accessible electoral law is important for our democracy to function well. Large parts of our electoral law have remained the same for over 60 years and have become outdated. This review is an opportunity to make election rules clearer, fairer, and more accessible for current and future generations. It covers almost... More
    Closed 14 November 2022
  • Court-appointed Interpreter Services Quality Framework

    Interpreters play a fundamental role in courts and tribunals, they enable access to justice by ensuring justice is equally available to all court participants, regardless of the language they use. The use of an interpreter in a court or tribunal helps break down the language barrier and allows participants to communicate effectively during proceedings. One of the ways the Ministry of Justice is enhancing the existing interpreter service is by developing a quality framework. This will... More
    Closed 24 February 2023
  • Budget 2023 Review

    This survey is to gather feedback from the Budget Investment Working Group on Te Puna Aonui’s coordination of the Budget 2023 process. This feedback will help us shape how we collectively approach and manage Budget 2024. This review will also support Te Puna Aonui to develop the Investment Plan for Te Aorerekura. More
    Closed 16 March 2023
  • Service gaps for family violence and sexual violence

    Aotearoa New Zealand has high rates of family violence and sexual violence (FVSV). W e know that there are big gaps in FVSV services , and that not everyone can access the support they need when they experience or use violence. Tangata whenua, Pacific peoples, children and young people, disabled people, LGBTQIA+ communities, ethnic communities, older people and people who use violence are especially impacted by FVSV service gaps. Te Aorerekura — the... More
    Closed 26 May 2023
  • Register your interest - Political lobbying project

    In April 2023, the Government announced several measures aimed at providing greater transparency around lobbying at Parliament. The Ministry of Justice is leading two of these measures by: supporting “third-party” lobbyists who lobby on behalf of others to come together to develop a voluntary code of conduct to improve transparency and accountability that will serve as a set of guidelines undertaking a review of the different policy options for... More
    Opened 1 June 2023
  • Project Online Capability

    Kia ora Thanks so much for taking a few minutes of your busy day to complete this very brief Project Online survey. More
    Closed 2 June 2023
  • MLC User Experience Survey 2023

    MLC User Experience Survey 2023 More
    Closed 16 June 2023
  • Coronial Current State Report - NIIO

    Te Tāhū o te Ture - the Ministry of Justice is working on a project to better understand the current state of the initial stages of the Coroners Court in Aotearoa New Zealand, and we need your help. We want to hear from the judiciary and those who work within the initial stages of the Coroners Court – this includes Police, transport providers, and NIIO. We want to hear about your experiences – whether you think the services are currently meeting people’s needs, what’s... More
    Closed 23 June 2023
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