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Minister releases data on child sex offender name suppression

24 May 2016

Justice Minister Amy Adams has released information on name suppression in cases where there was at least one convicted charge for a sexual offence against a child.

Ms Adams released in the information in response to a written parliamentary question from New Zealand First MP Darroch Ball.

Mr Ball asked for information from 1990 to 2015, but Ms Adams says information on name suppression and other directions is only available from 2004.

Based on the information provided, the proportion of cases where final name suppression is ordered has remained relatively constant in the period 2004 to 2015. In 2004 11% of cases resulted in final name suppression and in 2015 11% of cases resulted in final name suppression. There also appears to have been little fluctuation in the proportion of cases with interim name suppression orders.

Disposed cases with at least one convicted charge for a sexual offence against a child by recorded directions for name suppression, 2004 to 2009 

Action200420052006200720082009
Suppression of Name - Final393825334042
Suppresion of Name - Interim5211199959988
No Suppression Direction303289285267299277
TOTAL355400384362398365 


Disposed cases with at least one convicted charge for a sexual offence against a child by recorded directions for name suppression, 2010 to 2015

Action201020112012201320142015
Suppression of Name - Final334158585342
Suppresion of Name - Interim1131079811612791
No Suppression Direction300294312357273281
TOTAL413401410473400372


Disposed cases with at least one convicted charge for a sexual offence against a child by recorded directions for name suppression, 2004 to 2009 - Proportion of orders in total cases

Action200420052006200720082009
Suppression of Name - Final11%10%7%9%10%12%
Suppresion of Name - Interim15%28%26%26%25%24%
No Suppression Direction85%72%74%74%75%76%
TOTAL100%100%100%100%100%100% 


Disposed cases with at least one convicted charge for a sexual offence against a child by recorded directions for name suppression, 2010 to 2015 - Proportion of orders in total cases

Action201020112012201320142015
Suppression of Name - Final8%10%14%12%13%11%
Suppresion of Name - Interim27%27%24%25%32%24%
No Suppression Direction73%73%76%75%68%76%
TOTAL100%100%100%100%100%100%

Last updated on the 16th September 2019