Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Victims critical of time taken to release a Victims Code

Victims critical of time taken to release a Victims Code

In 2011 the Ministry of Justice set up a Victims Reference Group comprised of victims of various crimes.

This group consisted of 6 or 7 victims and met about 4 times in all and mostly in 2012 at the Ministry of Justice headquarters in Wellington.

Compiling a Victims Code to accompany the about to be revised Criminal Justice Bill was the aim.

The code was finished mid to late 2012 and has yet to see the light of day. The ‘code’ is a means of helping victims through a bewildering criminal process.

Many community groups were consulted and even a Maori Advisory Group was added, but none were victims.

A recent report from the United Kingdom entitled ‘Justice – Guaranteed Support for Victims of Crime’ and announced by the ‘Victims Minister’.

Victims Minister Helen Grant said in her release with regard to the new UK Victims Code that “now all victims are automatically offered support once they have experienced a crime”.

Further to this she said “Victims must have more help navigating a confusing and often intimidating Criminal Justice System”.

Yes the UK is so far along the track with regard to victims that they even have a Victims’ Minister separate from a Justice Minister.

The Sensible Sentencing Trust would really like to know why New Zealand is languishing in this regard, could it be that victims are not taken seriously in this country.

How are we to get proper recognition for victim’s rights, when even the Sensible Sentencing Trust cannot make much headway?

Does the Ministry of Justice really care about victims or is what they do in their Victims Centre merely a token gesture to appear to be doing something.

Was indeed the Victims Reference Group set up to make it look as if the Ministry of Justice cared or consulted widely, or was it a token group?

We can’t even keep up with other countries in this regard. Perhaps to get things moving New Zealand could do with a Victims Minister and Ministry.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Climate Marches: New Zealanders March For Solutions Not Pollution

Ahead of the UN Climate Summit in Paris more than 15,000 New Zealanders have taken part in the Peoples Climate march in Auckland, kicking off the largest climate mobilisation the world has ever seen... More>>


Labour: Little Announces New Shadow Cabinet

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of. This reshuffle rewards hard work and continues my drive to renew our Caucus line up." More>>


Because Reasons: Someone Reckons David Seymour Is Politician Of The Year

Trans Tasman's 11th annual Roll Call has thrown a curve ball this year, ignoring the likes of John Key, Bill English, and Winston Peters to pick its politician of the year from the ranks of the new generation. More>>


Whaling: NZ Deeply Disappointed By Japan's Decision

“New Zealand is strongly opposed to whaling in the Southern Ocean. We call on Japan to take heed of the 2014 International Court of Justice decision and international scientific advice concerning their whaling activities.” More>>


Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news