Oranga Tamariki Legislation Bill introduced
Children's Minister Tracey Martin has introduced the Oranga Tamariki Legislation Bill to Parliament.
The omnibus bill fixes drafting errors in the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Act 2017 and ensures that the benefits of the policy of including 17-year-olds in the youth justice jurisdiction are fully realised.
The inclusion of 17-year-olds in the youth justice jurisdiction will take effect on 1 July 2019 and the bill amends legislation to ensure that the extended jursidiction is applied consistently across the justice system.
The drafting errors in the 2017 Act include unintentionally broad provisions relating to interim court orders. The bill also fixes a cross-referencing error in the Children's Commissioner Act 2003.
The remedial measures in the bill must be enacted before 1 July 2019 to ensure that the amendments made by the 2017 Act are consistent with policy intent.
Last updated on the 16th September 2019