Tags : Ministry of Justice

Adoption laws under review

New Zealand’s 66-year-old adoption laws are being reviewed, with public engagement beginning today.  Justice Minister Kris Faafoi said the Government is seeking views on options for change to our adoption laws and system. “The Adoption Act has remained largely the same since 1955. We need our adoption laws to reflect the values and needs of […]readmore

Govt takes further action against gang crime

The Government will make it illegal for high risk people to own firearms by introducing Firearms Prohibition Orders (FPOs) that will strengthen action already taken to combat the influence of gangs and organised crime to help keep New Zealanders and their families safe, Police Minister Poto Williams and Justice Minister Kris Faafoi have announced. “It […]readmore

Youth Justice Indicators reveal continued fall in youth offending rates

The latest Youth Justice Indicators Summary Report shows a continuing drop in the rate of youth offending, Justice Minister Kris Faafoi says. The result follows the substantial drop in youth offending which was identified in the first Youth Justice Indicators Summary Report two years ago. “This latest report shows that between 2009/10 and 2019/20, offending […]readmore

District Court Judges appointed to ease post lockdown caseload

Five additional District Court Judges have been appointed to help deal with the impact of the COVID 19 lock down period on the Court system.  The District Court is under significant caseload pressure and these additional appointments will increase capacity in the key locations of Auckland, Manukau, Whangarei and Christchurch.  The appointments, announced by Attorney-General […]readmore

Government accepts all Royal Commission recommendations

The Government has agreed in principle to implement all 44 recommendations contained in the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Terror Attack on Christchurch masjidain. The independent Royal Commission was set up to investigate what State Sector agencies knew about the terrorist’s activities before the attack, measures agencies could have taken to prevent the attack, […]readmore

Counter terrorism laws to be strengthened

The Government will strengthen New Zealand’s counter-terrorism legislation and ensure the right legislative tools are available to intervene early to prevent harm, as recommended by the Royal Commission into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch masjidain. The proposals include: ·       making amendments to clarify the definition of a “terrorist act”; ·       creating a new offence to criminalise planning […]readmore

Government receives Royal Commission of Inquiry report into the Terrorist

Minister for Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti has today received the Royal Commission of Inquiry report into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Mosques, and will table it in Parliament on Tuesday December 8. “I know this will have been a challenging process for whānau, survivors and witnesses of the terrorist attack and I want to acknowledge […]readmore

Government to consider recommendations on DNA use in criminal investigations

The Minister of Justice has received the Law Commission’s recommending changes to the law governing the way DNA is used in criminal investigations. The report, called The Use of DNA in Criminal Investigations – Te Whahamahi I te Ira Tangata I ngā Mātai Taihara, recommends new legislation to address how DNA in criminal investigations is collected, used […]readmore

Government’s response to preliminary referendums’ results

Minister of Justice Andrew Little has acknowledged the provisional results of the two referendums voted on in the 2020 General Election. New Zealanders were asked whether they supported the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, and whether they supported the End of Life Choice Act 2019 coming into force. On provisional results, the electorate has […]readmore