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

 


Leading Justice Symposium builds on vision

Hon Judith Collins
Minister of Justice

30 April 2014 Media Statement
Leading Justice Symposium builds on vision

Justice Minister Judith Collins says feedback from New Zealand’s first Leading Justice Symposium yesterday reinforced New Zealand’s chance to lead the way with innovative justice and crime prevention measures.

The successful Leading Justice Symposium, held at Parliament, highlighted the importance of collaboration across the justice sector as a key to reducing crime, better supporting victims and speeding up court processes.

“It was encouraging to see so many participants congratulating our justice sector on their closer collaboration which is resulting in less crime and more importantly, a safer New Zealand.

“The Justice sector leads the public service in cross sector collaboration but we can always do better. Symposium participants agreed further work is needed to reduce the lengthy time of court processes and to improve the focus on the needs of victims,” says Ms Collins.

New Zealand’s crime rate is now at its lowest level since 1978 and this creates an opportunity for greater focus on new measures to tackle the more persistent types of crime and improve our justice system.

“We have the potential to lead justice innovation internationally and investigate bold policies to prevent crime and victimisation, while also providing better services for victims.”

In particular, the symposium confirmed the opportunity to substantially address domestic and sexual violence – crimes that are globally persistent.

“It’s a sad and shocking situation when only 6 per cent of people experience 54 per cent of New Zealand’s crime,” Ms Collins says.

“Too often it is women and children who are repeat victims of family and sexual violence. We need to encourage these women and children to be comfortable coming forward to report domestic and sexual violence while developing new ways to respond to, and deter, these crimes.

“I’m absolutely committed to taking action in this space to ensure far less New Zealanders become victims and to stop the needless cycle of revictimisation.”

The Ministry of Justice is working with the Justice sector and other government agencies on a range of initiatives to modernise our courts and in particular to make a real and sustainable impact on domestic and sexual violence.

“I thank everyone who attended and contributed to this successful symposium. I particularly acknowledge the panellists and especially our overseas visitors for their fantastic input.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Royals: The Prince Of Wales And Duchess Of Cornwall To Visit

Prime Minister John Key welcomes today’s announcement that the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand in November. This will be the second joint visit for Their Royal Highnesses to New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Tracey Martin Replaced: Ron Mark Is New New Zealand First Deputy Leader

Clayton Mitchell was the successful candidate for the Associate Whip position. Winston Peters was re-elected as Leader by the Caucus. Ron Mark was elected as the Deputy Leader with effect from 10am, Friday, 3rd July. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuild Rebrand: "Regenerate Christchurch" To Replace CERA

The regeneration of Christchurch will be the city’s focus for the next five years as local leadership progressively takes control of the rebuild, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

ALSO:

Nauru: Scholars Urge Minister To Act On Deteriorating Democracy

“Since the 2013 election in Nauru, there has been a series of disturbing developments on the islands that indicate a severe deterioration in the state of its parliamentary democracy and in the rule of law,” say the scholars. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: NZ Begins Presidency Of UN Security Council

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the start of New Zealand’s month-long Presidency of the United Nations Security Council in New York. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cash For Charter Schools, Mould For State Schools

“Recently released financial statements show the Whangarei charter school He Puna Marama received $3.9 million in government funding to the end of last year. Yet their audited accounts show they only spent $1.4 million on education, leaving almost $2.5 million over two years unaccounted for." More>>

ALSO:

Kiwirail Plans Shift From Electric: National Urged Not To Take Backwards Step

The National Government shouldn’t drag New Zealand backwards by replacing its climate friendly electric trains with carbon-polluting diesel trains, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Capital Connection:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news