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  • Mental health rosters

    Legal Aid Services has recently undergone changes to our operating model, which has resulted in the consolidation of all our offices into two. One of the primary reasons for this change is to ensure we are providing nationally consistent services to our customers and providers, regardless of... More
    Closed 28 January 2018
  • AML/CFT regulations: Tranche 1 consultation

    In October 2017, we sought submissions on proposed regulations related to New Zealand’s anti-money laundering laws. Recent changes to the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Act 2009 affect businesses already covered by the law (known as Phase... More
    Closed 31 October 2017
  • Consultation on new family and civil legal aid form

    Legal aid is an important part of New Zealand's justice system. It helps people to resolve legal problems that may go to court and makes sure that people are not denied justice because they can't afford a lawyer. Family and civil legal aid covers a wide range of disputes that may go to court,... More
    Closed 11 October 2017
  • Family Violence Summit

    A Family Violence Summit chaired by Sir Wira Gardiner and co-hosted by Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley was held on 7 June 2017 in Wellington. The Summit was an opportunity for people from across the sector to come together and build on the... More
    Closed 16 June 2017
  • Economic, social and cultural rights in New Zealand - draft report

    The Government is preparing its latest report to the United Nations on economic, social and cultural rights in New Zealand. New Zealand is one of more than 160 countries that have ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Covenant is a treaty that... More
    Closed 24 April 2017
  • Phase 2 AML/CFT exposure draft amendment Bill

    In December 2016 and January 2017, we sought feedback on an exposure draft of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Amendment Bill. This consultation was part of the Government’s move to put in place “Phase 2” of the current AML/CFT Act. Phase 1 of... More
    Closed 27 January 2017
  • Trusts Bill exposure draft consultation

    In November and December 2016, we sought your feedback on a draft Trusts Bill, as part of the Government's move to update the general law governing trusts in New Zealand. The draft Bill was developed in response to the Law Commission’s extensive review of trust law conducted over 4 years, as... More
    Closed 21 December 2016
  • Review of the Search and Surveillance Act 2012

    The Law Commission and the Ministry of Justice have completed a joint review of the Search and Surveillance Act 2012. The Act controls how and when the Police and other government agencies can search people or property and carry out surveillance. The joint review... More
    Closed 16 December 2016
  • Tackling money laundering and terrorist financing

    In August 2016, we sought feedback about proposed changes to improve New Zealand’s ability to tackle money laundering and terrorist financing. This consultation was part of the Government’s move to extend the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (AML/CFT... More
    Closed 16 September 2016
  • Risk Assessment and Management Framework consultation

    During August and September 2016, the Minister of Justice ran a consultation process on a draft Family Violence Risk Assessment and Management Framework. The online consultation received 120 submissions, and the views of a further 190 people were collected at regional workshops. The draft was... More
    Closed 16 September 2016
  • Legal Aid Provider Contract and Practice Standards - renewal and refresh

    Legal Aid Services consulted on proposed changes to the Contract for Services and to the Practice Standards for legal aid providers. The current contract expires on 30 November 2016 and we've taken the opportunity to improve the document. We asked for legal aid lawyers' views on proposals that... More
    Closed 25 July 2016
  • Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Amendment Act 2015 prescribed transaction reporting regulations

    The purpose of this consultation was to inform the development of regulations for prescribed transaction reporting. The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 was amended in November last year as part of the omnibus Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Legislation... More
    Closed 27 May 2016
  • United Nations report on racial discrimination

    This consultation was open from 25 August to 28 September 2015. Why are we consulting? A draft report on New Zealand’s performance under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination has been released for public comment. New Zealand is one of... More
    Closed 28 September 2015
  • Better family violence law

    The Ministry of Justice is reviewing New Zealand’s family violence laws. As part of the review, we wanted to know your views about the ideas presented in this discussion document (PDF, 924KB) , along with any other ideas you have for strengthening New Zealand’s family violence laws. ... More
    Closed 25 September 2015
  • Independent Review of Intelligence and Security

    What happens next? Who are the independent reviewers? Consultation documents Accessibility Hon Sir Michael Cullen KNZM and Dame Patsy Reddy DNZM sought submissions to inform their independent review of intelligence and security under the Intelligence... More
    Closed 14 August 2015
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