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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More
    Closed 16 March 2023
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