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New Zealanders calling for overhaul of criminal justice system, Minister says

10 June 2019

Justice Minister Andrew Little says New Zealanders from across the country are calling for the criminal justice system to be overhauled.

Releasing the interim report He Waka Roimata from Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group, Mr Little says it clearly demonstrates a public appetite for long-term sustainable and enduring transformation in the justice system.

“This report follows comprehensive engagement with the community and shows New Zealanders want to see less offending, less re-offending, and fewer victims of crime, who are better supported.

“The report provides sober reading. There are many stories and examples shared by victims, families, offenders and organisations that are upsetting, especially those that demonstrate failings in the system that could be avoided through simple, early and appropriate interventions.

Mr Little says the report also offers hope.

"The overwhelming sense is that we can make change for the better, and deliver safer and more effective justice for all New Zealanders. I’d like to thank everyone who has given their voice especially those who have been victimised."

Last updated on the 10th June 2019