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


UF calls for night courts to clear justice system

Media Statement
For immediate release
Wednesday, 13 July 2005

UF calls for night courts to clear justice system backlog

United Future would establish night court sittings to clear minor non-jury cases that are clogging New Zealand's justice system, Marc Alexander, said today in previewing the party's law and order policy.

"The old dictum that justice delayed is justice denied applies in New Zealand all too often, and night court sessions are a practical way of fixing that," Mr Alexander said. He will launch the full policy at a Sensible Sentencing trust event in Panmure, Auckland, on Sunday

"To force victims to wait endlessly for their day in court - sometimes for as long as 10 years - is, quite literally, no justice at all," he said. "Today there are something like 30,000 cases that have still not seen the inside of a court room - and some of these are fairly low level offences that are typically easy to deal with."

Mr Alexander said other countries had successfully used night courts to clear similar justice backlogs.

He said United Future would also ensure that offenders were brought before a court within 24 hours of being charged. "The present run-around makes a mockery of our system. Offenders aren't held accountable in a speedy fashion and victims simply cannot get on with their lives. "And before the gaggle of human rights advocates start complaining about burglars fronting up to a judge at 3am being deprived of their beauty sleep, let's remember that it's in the night that most of the crimes are committed - and the crims don't care about the victims' right to sleep undisturbed, do they?"


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news