Rewriting the 2014 Family Justice System Reforms

Closes 9 Nov 2018

Opened 5 Sep 2018


We want to hear how the 2014 changes to the family justice system have affected you and your family. Your feedback will help the Independent Panel understand how the system is working for children, parents, guardians, family and whānau.

How to have your say

Consultation paper

This consultation paper provides information on the main changes made by the 2014 family justice system reforms. Questions are listed throughout the paper to get your views on what is working well and what is not. You can answer as many or as few questions as you want to.

English: The 2014 family justice system reforms (PDF, 1.23MB)

Te Reo Māori: Whakaputahia Ō Whakaaro (Māori) (PDF, 1.26MB)

EasyRead: Have your say on the family justice system (PDF, 6.08MB)

How to make a submission

You can have your say in various ways:


You can submit your feedback by completing this online submission form. This is an online version of the consultation paper that lets you fill in your answers as you go.

If you want, you can also share your story with the Independent Panel using the Korero Mai (Tell Us Your Story) online tool. This does not ask any specific questions – you can share with us whatever you want to. You can do this as well as, or instead of, responding to the questions in the consultation paper and online submission form.


You can write your own submission and email it to


You can send your submission to:
Family Justice Reforms
Wellington 6011

Audio and video

You can also make an audio or video submission. Please email your submission to
File size limit is 20MB

Closing date

The closing date for all submissions is 5pm, Friday 9 November 2018.

More information to help you make a submission

If you would like some more information to help you make your submission, you may find the following resources useful:

Quick link to the tool

Important information about privacy and your submission

What happens to your submission

Your submission will only be used by the Independent Panel for the purpose of considering the 2014 family justice reforms. It won’t be shared with government agencies other than the Ministry of Justice (which is providing administrative support for the review).

You should note, though, that your submission will become official information. This means that the Ministry may be required to release all or part of the information contained in your submission in response to a request under the Official Information Act 1982. The Ministry of Justice may, however, withhold all or parts of your submission if it is necessary to protect your privacy or if it has been supplied subject to an obligation of confidence.

Please tell us if you don’t want all or specific parts of your submission released, and the reasons why. Your views will be taken into account:

  • in deciding whether to withhold or release any information requested under the Official Information Act
  • in deciding if, and how, to refer to your submission in any possible subsequent paper prepared by the Ministry.

Court information

Please do not share documents about any Family Court cases you’ve been involved in (such as affidavits) or any specific details about your case (such as case numbers). This will help protect the privacy of other people who were involved, such as your children and whānau. It will also make sure that your submission does not breach the provisions of the Family Court Act 1980, which make it an offence to publish information about young or vulnerable persons without the permission of the Court.

Information about third parties

Please do not share names or any other information that could identify any other person, including children and whānau. This is out of respect for their privacy.


The Ministry of Justice’s privacy policy can be found here:

MOJ privacy policy

Collecting personal information

The Ministry of Justice only collects personal information that you choose to give it while using the consultation website: for example, your email address. You can submit anonymously. The Ministry will only use this personal information for the purpose(s) specified at the point of collection.

Sharing your information

The Ministry does not give information about you to other government agencies, organisations or anyone else unless one of the following applies:

  • one of the reasons the Ministry got the information was to give it to someone else
  • you have allowed it
  • it is authorised or required by law or, in exceptional circumstances, for reasons permitted under the Privacy Act 1993 such as to avoid prejudice to the prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution and punishment of offences; for law enforcement; or to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to somebody’s life or health
  • the information is to be used in a way that will not identify you, or it is to be used for statistical or research purposes and won’t be published in a way that will identify you.

Access to personal information the Ministry holds about you

You can ask the Ministry to give you any information that it holds about you and you can make any changes to that information. Contact the Ministry’s Privacy Officer:

  • email:
  • phone: (04) 918 8800
  • post: Privacy Officer, Ministry of Justice, PO Box 180, Wellington.

Give us your views


  • General public


  • Family Court