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30 March, 2015

More parents resolving disputes outside court

Almost 70 per cent of family disputes referred to mediation involving children are being settled out of court a year on from the Government’s family justice reforms says Justice Minister Amy Adams.

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26 March, 2015

Royal succession laws come into force

Legislation modernising rules applying to Royal succession to the throne came into force today in New Zealand and in the 16 Realms that share the Queen as Head of State.

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25 March, 2015

Substantial drop in age of court cases

New Zealanders are seeing huge improvements in the time it takes to access justice services with a big reduction in the average age of District Court criminal cases, Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams announced.

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25 March, 2015

Cyberbullies one step closer to being held to account

A Bill to curb the growing incidence of cyberbullying and its devastating effects passed its second reading in Parliament last night.

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24 March, 2015

Lowest number of youth in court in 20 years

The number of young people (aged 10 to 16 years old) appearing in court has more than halved since 2007, Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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20 March, 2015

New inquirer appointed for Bain case

A senior retired Australian judge has been appointed to head up the inquiry into David Bain’s compensation claim, Justice Minister Amy Adams announced today.

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14 March, 2015

Innovative new youth court for Tauranga

A new youth court for Tauranga will place a stronger focus on addressing offending by young Māori says Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams.


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14 March, 2015

Speech at opening of Te Kooti Rangatahi

While crime and the numbers of people appearing in our criminal courts are at their lowest levels since 1978, the reduction has not been as great for Māori. So while the number of Māori in the courts has reduced, the proportion has grown.

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5 March, 2015

$3.6 million to extend Home Safety Service nationwide

Justice Minister Amy Adams has today launched the expansion of the National Home Safety Service to better protect up to 1000 victims of family violence each year.

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28 February, 2015

Australia and New Zealand sign MoU for criminal history checks

Communities on both sides of the Tasman will benefit following the expansion of a criminal history checking service to vet individuals for employment, training and registration purposes.

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27 February, 2015

Gisborne Court gets connected to AVL network

Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams has welcomed the addition of the Gisborne courthouse to the audio visual link (AVL) network that connects courts and prisons.

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25 February, 2015

Bill to curb unnecessary parole hearings passes

The Bill reducing the number of unnecessary parole hearings for offenders who still pose a threat to the community passed its third and final reading in Parliament last night.

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25 February, 2015

Bill to fight child exploitation passes second reading

A Bill to better protect children from sexual exploitation passed its second reading in Parliament last night.

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21 February, 2015

Justice Minister to attend Global Law Summit in London

Justice Minister Amy Adams leaves today to attend an international law conference in London alongside Justice Ministers and Attorney Generals from around the world.

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19 February, 2015

Bill to improve coronial system passes first reading

A Bill to make the coronial system quicker and more effective passed its first reading in Parliament today.

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19 February, 2015

Cabinet to take fresh look at Bain case

The Government has agreed to set aside all previous advice relating to David Bain’s compensation claim and conduct a fresh inquiry, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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19 February, 2015

Govt sets itself tougher crime target

A renewed focus on tackling the drivers of crime has helped the Government exceed its Better Public Service (BPS) target to reduce crime two and a half years ahead of schedule, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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18 February, 2015

Bill to modernise courts one step closer

A Bill to speed up justice and modernise New Zealand’s courts has passed its second reading in Parliament today.

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18 February, 2015

Law Commission work programme confirmed

Justice Minister Amy Adams has today confirmed the Law Commission’s 2015 work programme.

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17 February, 2015

Stricter laws for repossession agents

Associate Minister of Justice Simon Bridges and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith have today announced strict new laws that will better protect the public from repossession agents engaging in unscrupulous practises.

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17 February, 2015

Driver Licence Stop Orders rake in $20 million

A Government initiative which threatens loss of licence over unpaid fines has brought in an extra $20.4 million since its introduction one year ago, Justice Minister Amy Adams has announced.

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4 February, 2015

Offender levy supporting victims of crime

More support services are available to victims of crime thanks to the Government’s offender levy which has generated more than $16.6 million since its introduction, says Justice Minister Amy Adams.

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22 January, 2015

Bain compensation case resumes

Justice Minister Amy Adams has today confirmed that judicial review proceedings undertaken by David Bain have been discontinued, following an agreement between the two parties.

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17 December, 2014

Alcohol forum report released

The report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship has been released today, with Ministers noting that further work will be required on the feasibility and impact of the proposals.

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10 December, 2014

Core principle of joint and several liability rule to be retained

Justice Minister Amy Adams says the core principle of the joint and several liability rule is sound and will remain in place, but further work will consider the need for any targeted amendments.

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4 December, 2014

Public safety improved by new protection orders

New measures to keep dangerous criminals locked up for longer and better protect victims will soon come into force.

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3 December, 2014

NZ cements reputation for low corruption

New Zealand remains one of the top countries in the world for low levels of perceived corruption, says Justice Minister Amy Adams.

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28 November, 2014

Ministers respond to Glenn Inquiry Report

Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley have acknowledged the Glenn Inquiry Report into family violence released today.

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27 November, 2014

State-of-the-art Justice precinct reaches key milestone

The $300 million Christchurch Justice precinct has reached a key milestone with the final concrete pour and the installation of the first cranes.

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25 November, 2014

Govt resumes sexual violence Trial Proceedings work

Justice Minister Amy Adams has asked the Law Commission to resume work on proposals for better supporting victims of sexual violence through the criminal process.

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