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Barker Speech: Justice Information Strategy Launch

Rick Barker Speech notes for the launch of the Justice Information Strategy 2003-2006

Ministry of Justice – Charles Fergusson Building, Bowen Street Wellington

Good afternoon.

I am delighted to be here with you to celebrate a significant undertaking across the Justice sector, along with key stakeholders, in developing the Justice Information Strategy for the next three years.

High quality justice information is vital to all New Zealanders.

Justice information comes in many forms and is used in different ways by diverse people and organisations. It is therefore essential that we continue to improve the availability, accuracy, timeliness and delivery of integrated justice information to inform policy development, research and public debate.

New Zealand is a world leader in sharing integrated justice information. It began with the Law Enforcement System, or the Wanganui Computer as it is more commonly known, has served the law enforcement agencies in New Zealand for almost thirty years. This is a remarkable achievement not only in terms of technology but also in sharing information across the law enforcement agencies.

The first Justice Sector Information Strategy was launched in 1996. The key driver for that strategy was the need to replace the Wanganui Computer System. Since that time the Department of Corrections, Department for Courts and Land Transport Safety have implemented new operational systems and Police are in the process of transitioning to replacement systems.

Other major achievements since this time include:

The development of common standards and protocols for sharing information Improving access to criminal justice information Integrating data and information and Securely transferring information electronically

This progress could only have been achieved through a high level of commitment and co-operation.

The Justice Information Strategy 2003-2006 builds on the gains made over the last seven years and provides the leadership and direction for managing justice sector information over the next three years.

It demonstrates how information will directly support the outcomes for the justice sector and wider outcomes for government.

It provides a revised governance structure to better manage the risk associated with information and technology. This governance structure represents the first for a central mandated network in the public sector.

The strategy also highlights the key initiatives that will be needed to realise the sector benefits over the next three years. The achievement of this strategy will lead to significant improvements in justice sector information, including:

Increased confidence in the community and the government in justice sector information Stronger co-ordination across the sector Improved reliability, integrity and availability of justice sector data Increased efficiencies and effectiveness in managing integrated justice information. New data sets such as a youth minimum data set.

I am sure that you look forward to examining the document in greater detail.

I personally would like to thank those of you who have been part of the process for such a splendid effort and I ask each of you to convey this message to those unable to attend the launch.

The contributions made by the Ministry of Justice, Department for Courts, Department of Corrections, and Police are particularly significant. I also acknowledge the valuable contribution made by the wide range of stakeholders and agencies both within the umbrella of the justice sector and those external to it. We now have a future strategic direction, a common level of understanding about what we want to achieve and a strong sense of commitment and ownership.

The challenges represented in implementing the strategy are significant. However, the justice sector have demonstrated that they can work together and I am confident that we will meet these new demands and continue to lead the way in creating and delivering justice information that is world class.

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