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

 


Essential justice services stabilised in Christchurch

Hon Georgina te Heuheu
Minister of Courts

18 March 2011

Essential justice services stabilised in Christchurch

Ministry of Justice staff working from a temporary office facility in Christchurch are helping to improve the delivery of essential justice services, Minister for Courts, Georgina te Heuheu said today.

“Essential services, including arrest courts, have operated successfully since the earthquake. Now that justice staff are working from this location they are able to underpin the delivery of other urgent services like Family Court and civil hearings. These staff will also provide crucial support as operations move from the reactive phase, to business recovery and business continuity,” said Mrs te Heuheu.

Mrs te Heuheu said around 70 Ministry staff members, including colleagues from the Legal Services Agency, started working at the temporary location in south west Christchurch this week. At this time, the Ministry of Justice is still unable to provide a public facing service in Christchurch, but management of court user enquiries and all other applications is being provided through a national call centre number – 0800 324 627.

“The staff members are working in atypical conditions to support the operations of the courts. These key managers and support staff are helping to further stabilise essential justice services in Christchurch.”

Criminal arrest courts are being dealt with at Rangiora District Court, urgent Family Court hearings are being held in a temporary location at Wigram Air Force Museum, and High Court matters are being managed through the Wellington High Court Registry.

All of the Ministry’s court buildings in central Christchurch are currently within the orange cordon, including the Environment Court building which is ‘red stickered’ and is unlikely to be reoccupied.

Mrs te Heuheu said a large proportion of the Ministry’s Christchurch-based staff are eager to return to work. In order for higher numbers of staff to return to work, a flexible roster system has been set up at the office facility so that staff can work shifts of four hours only.

She said there are around 220 Ministry of Justice staff in Christchurch and they have shown great resilience and dedication in the aftermath of the earthquake.

“They are doing a great job in difficult conditions.”

The Ministry has also been supporting the critical work of Coroners at the temporary mortuary at Burnham Military Camp. Mrs te Heuheu visited with staff working at the location earlier this month, and said her visit was both humbling and reassuring.

More information about affected justice services can be found on the Ministry of Justice website: www.justice.govt.nz

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