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

 


The Evidence Act was passed by Parliament today.

The Evidence Act was passed by Parliament today.

The new legislation brings together common law and various statutes relating to evidence into one comprehensive Act.

"The Evidence Act will have a significant and positive impact on how the courts operate as it brings greater clarity to the way in which information is offered in court as evidence," Justice Minister Mark Burton said.

"The fundamental principle of this Act is that all relevant evidence is admissible unless there is a good reason to exclude it. This will lead to a reduction in the delays in proceedings caused by legal argument over whether certain documents or statements should be admitted," Mark Burton said.

The Evidence Act implements many of the recommendations of the Law Commission, which spent ten years researching and consulting on the law before reporting to government.

"The Act reflects current developments in evidence law and takes into account fundamental changes in some areas. It also clarifies the existing law by removing ambiguities and inconsistencies," Mark Burton said.

"I would like to thank the Law Commission, the legal profession and submitters interested in evidence law for their contribution to this legislation. I would also acknowledge the outstanding work of the Justice and Electoral Committee in helping to bring this Act to its fruition.

"While it may take a short time for law practitioners and the courts to become familiar with these changes, the law of evidence is made more accessible by consolidating the law in one place.

"In May, I outlined the five pillars that underpin the Government's objectives in the justice sector – one of which focuses on modernising legal frameworks. The passing of the Evidence Act is an important step in ensuring that New Zealand's legal frameworks meet the needs of all those involved in the legal process."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news