End all name supression after conviction except to protect victims from further harm.
Open the Youth Court and the Family Court, restricting only reporting that might hurt innocent third parties
Open to public search all Court records of convictions, so that concern for reputation is once again the first reason to avoid offending
proper degrees of murder law with life imprisonment
and minimum sentences for 1st and 2nd degree murder.
End the 'so-called right to silence' - so the Judge and jury are free to draw conclusions from an accused’s failure to give evidence and to accept cross-examination.
A greater focus on mediation, restorative justice, solutions based approaches, and community based justice
Improved access to and participation within the justice system through improved information services and court environments, and through accessible and affordable forums for dispute resolution.
A holistic approach to dealing with crime aimed at cutting offending and reducing our dependence on imprisonment
Our justice system should be part of the way we create a just and peaceful society. An improved approach to justice complements, and is enhanced by wider social justice in Aotearoa/New Zealand and internationally.
Increase funding and support for restorative justice approaches throughout the criminal justice system, in a variety of cultural and geographical settings
Continue to work to implement the Youth Offending Strategy with a review of sentencing options available to the Youth Court
Continue to minimise drug use in prison, with a combination of deterrence, security, and treatment
Continue to ensure that the impact on and rights of victims are central considerations in the development and improvement of the justice system
Investigate ways of achieving faster and fairer resolution of family disputes
Pass legislation so that eligibility for legal aid extends to a further 400,000 ordinary New Zealanders if required and where there is genuine need
Make the civil litigation system more efficient and effective by reducing court fees and simplifying and standardising court procedures
Ensure that most trials take place within six months of charges being laid
Restructure the Family Court to ensure it is open to greater scrutiny
Require the Law Commission to undertake practical law reform projects
Take steps to ensure the legal aid system is not abused
statutory guidance to the judiciary on what sentences
offenders should receive for various crimes.
sanctions for non-violent offenders.
the Parole Board by a Rehabilitation Board with a primary
objective of minimising recidivism.
bail laws so that in a prima facie case, warranting
trial for serious violent offences, bail will not be
the right to appeal to the Judicial Committee of the