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Justice
Tue 11 Oct 2016
The Electoral Amendment Bill has today passed its first reading with unanimous support, says Justice Minister Amy Adams. The Bill implements recommendations made by the Justice and Electoral Select Committee Inquiry into the 2014 General Election that require a law change, and can be implemented in time for the 2017 General Election. “The proposed changes in the Bill focus on improving services to voters, candidates and parties by making the law and voting process more user-friendly and adapting to changing voter behaviours,” says Ms Adams. ...
Courts | Justice
Thu 29 Sep 2016
South Island company Amalgamated Builders has won the contract to upgrade and refurbish Dunedin’s historic Stuart Street courthouse, Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams announced today. Work will start in early October and is expected to finish in December 2017. ...
Justice
Thu 22 Sep 2016
More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. The Electoral Amendment Bill has been introduced to Parliament and proposes 14 changes to the Electoral Act to adapt to shifts in technology and voter behaviour. These reflect recommendations made by the Justice and Electoral Select Committee’s Inquiry into the 2014 General Election. ...
Courts | Justice
Tue 20 Sep 2016
The Evidence Amendment Bill will reduce unnecessary trauma and better protect victims who become involved in the court process through no fault of their own, Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams says. “Giving evidence can be especially tough for young and vulnerable witnesses. The changes we’re making through this Bill will help to make the court process less traumatic for those it may affect the most,” says Ms Adams. ...
Courts | Justice
Wed 14 Sep 2016
A Bill modernising and consolidating New Zealand’s century-old courts legislation took a leap forward in Parliament today. The Judicature Modernisation Bill passed its Committee of the Whole House stage in Parliament, with widespread support. “This Bill updates the 108-year-old Judicature Act 1908 and associated legislation that underpins New Zealand courts,” says Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams. ...
Justice
Tue 13 Sep 2016
A Bill creating more effective and streamlined processes to verify the identity of offenders has passed its first reading in Parliament with overwhelming support, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. The Enhancing Identity Verification and Border Processes Legislation Bill enables agencies to work together to identify offenders and ensure they meet the conditions imposed on them. ...
Justice
Tue 13 Sep 2016
Sweeping reforms to our laws will build a better system for combatting abuse and will reduce harm, says Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley. The Government is proposing a broad overhaul of changes to family violence legislation, stemming from the comprehensive review of the 20-year old Domestic Violence Act. “New Zealand’s rate of family violence is horrendous. It has a devastating impact on individuals and communities, and a profound impact that can span generations and lifetimes,” Ms Adams says. ...
Justice
Wed 24 Aug 2016
Comprehensive reforms are being introduced to strengthen how frontline agencies verify the identity of offenders and share that info across public protection agencies, Justice Minister Amy Adams said today. The Enhancing Identity Verification and Border Processes Legislation Bill has been introduced to Parliament to improve the safety of New Zealanders by streamlining how agencies work together to establish the identity of offenders and ensure their sentences are properly carried out. ...
Justice
Wed 17 Aug 2016
A safety service has helped 2637 victims of family violence and their families since it was introduced in October 2014, says Justice Minister Amy Adams. “The Strengthening Safety Service provides immediate help in safety planning for victims of family violence who do not have a protection order,” says Ms Adams. ...
Justice
Tue 16 Aug 2016
The Government will provide $500,000 over two years for short-term emergency housing to ensure perpetrators of family violence can be safely kept away from victims at a time of crisis. Budget 2016 funding will provide emergency housing in Christchurch and Waikato, where the new Integrated Safety Response pilot is being trialled. The ISR pilot aims to ensure families experiencing family violence are safe and receive the services they need to prevent further harm. ...
Courts | Justice
Wed 10 Aug 2016
Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams, says justice service co-locations and refurbishments in two Auckland courts will save more than $5.3 million over 10 years and improve support for victims of crime. The National Transcription Service will be folded into the North Shore District Court, and the Legal Complaints Review Office and the Weather Tight Homes unit will be relocated to the Auckland District Court. ...
Justice
Wed 10 Aug 2016
Ministers today confirmed Waikato would be the second site for the Integrated Safety Response pilot. The pilot, also being run in Christchurch, brings together different agencies involved in family violence to support victims and their families in a daily safety assessment approach. ...