Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


New Victims Rights Agency Mooted By Select Cmtte

Single Agency For Victims Rights Suggested By Select Cmtte.
- Report Into Victims' Rights Reported Back


Scoop Audio Report By Spike Mountjoy

A single agency to oversee all matters relating to victims issues could be established if the recommendations of an inquiry into victims' rights are heeded.

The Justice and Select Committee's report into the rights of victims in the criminal justice system was tabled in parliament yesterday.

It makes 38 recommendations including establishing a charter of victims' rights and a comprehensive compensation scheme for victims.

Members of the select committee travelled to Victoria, Australia, to look at how victims are treated by the justice system there.

Lynn Pillay, Chair of the Justice and Electoral Committee, says Victoria's Victims Services Agency cost less than $10m to set up and staff, and something similar should be established in New Zealand.

The report says a similar agency in New Zealand would coordinate and monitor the existing agencies that victims have to deal with.

Other suggestions include making changes to the layout of courts, such as separate entrances and waiting rooms for victims.

The inquiry was initiated by the Green Party.

Scoop Audio: Victims' Rights Recommendations

  • Scoop Audio: Green MP Nandor Tanczos, Chair of the Justice and Electoral Committee Lynn Pillay, and Labour MP Charles Chauvel discuss the recommendations of the inquiry into victims rights tabled in parliament yesterday. Tanczos begins by introducing Pillay and Chauvel. The press conference was held in the Green Party's caucus room.

    DOWNLOAD MP3


    © Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>

ALSO:

Buildup:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news