Parliament

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

 

Victims are receiving reparation payments

20 December 2005

Victims are receiving reparation payments

Minister for Courts Rick Barker said today that collecting reparation for victims was a priority for the Ministry of Justice and in the last year over $13 million had been paid to victims.

“In the last four years the amount of reparation collected from offenders and paid out to victims has more than doubled, from $6.6 million in 2001/02 to $13.5 million in 2004/05.

“With the enactment of the Sentencing Act 2002 more reparation is being ordered by judges than ever before. A total of 18,362 cases involved reparation orders in 2004/05 compared to 14,593 cases in 2001/02. The Ministry is working hard to both collect and effectively disburse all monies received on behalf of victims.

“Often it is not as straightforward as an offender being ordered to pay reparation, making the payment and the payment being passed on to the victim. Offenders are regularly concurrently sentenced to a period of imprisonment and cannot begin paying their reparation until they are released.

“As time passes a victim may change their address and significant effort must be put into tracing the victim before any payment can be made. It is a matter of locating and positively identifying the victim before payment can be made.

“It is a practical decision to make arrangements with offenders to pay reparation and fines over time when they are unable to pay the amount in full immediately. In most cases the Court assesses the offender’s financial situation and ensures that the maximum amount available for payment is collected.

“The Ministry is committed to improving the collection and disbursement of reparation payments to victims. The Courts and Criminal Matters Bill currently before the House contains a number of measures to strengthen the processes around the collection of reparation and fines, and enable the interception of serious fines defaulters at international airports who try to leave the country without paying. Yet it was Mr Power was who filibustered to the extent the bill could not be passed in the house and must wait for a spot on the order paper.

“The collection of fines and reparation is a difficult job, with many New Zealanders believing that they can avoid payment of legally imposed fines. There is only one way to make a fine go away, and that is to pay.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election