Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Settle Disputes Out of Court - Robson

News release

Involving the community – Courts briefing paper released

18th January 20000

New Minister for Courts, Matt Robson intends to develop and build on existing initiatives to encourage people to settle disputes through mediation and other processes outside of the Courts system.

He was responding to Department of Courts briefing papers released today.

“ We want to increase community involvement in its own crime prevention and safety.

“The Department is anticipating an increased use of Alternative Disputes Resolutions, which is great news. Going through Court is costly, a lengthy process and not always the best way to resolve an issue,” said Matt Robson.

“More use of mediation can be encouraged in all sorts of areas, including the environment court, and in general civil cases.

“A pilot scheme started last year to use Community Magistrates is another positive step towards involving a wider range of people from the community. It will also take a load off the District Court judges, who can now concentrate on more complex cases.”

Community magistrates have been operating in four Waikato Courts since February last year. Their jurisdiction includes some cases that only judges could previously deal with.

“We want to encourage alternatives to prison sentences for some non-violent crimes. Two adult pre-trial diversion schemes involving community panels have been piloted in Timaru and Henderson with great success. Victims feel more involved, and so does the community. Re-offending rates have also been reduced.

“These sorts of schemes where successful, take pressure off our prisons and our courts. Prisons must always be seen as a last resort for violent and recidivist offenders. If we can get young offenders, or those committing relatively minor offences early, teach them a lesson they’ll never forget and make them listen to victims, then we start to hit crime where it matters,” says Matt Robson.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election