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Tribunals brought within courts security legislation

03 April 2019

From 8 April 2019 courts security officers will be given greater powers to operate in a large number of tribunals around New Zealand.

The Courts Security Regulations 2019 were made on 25 March 2019. They designate the tribunals to be bodies to which the Courts Security Act 1999 applies.

The powers of court security officers were enhanced by Part 1 of the Courts Matters Act 2018, to allow them to to deal more effectively with low-level offending and disruptive behaviour in courts and tribunals.

Some of Part 1 came into force on 14 November 2018. The Courts Matters Act 2018 (Amendments to Courts Security Act 1999) Commencement Order 2019 was made on 25 March 2019 and brings the rest of Part 1 into force on 8 April 2019.

From 8 April courts security officers' extended and existing powers may be exercised in the following tribunals:

Accident Compensation Appeal Authority

Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority

Copyright Tribunal

Customs Appeal Authorities appointed or deemed to be appointed under the Customs and Excise Act 2018

Human Rights Review Tribunal

Immigration Advisers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal

Immigration and Protection Tribunal

Land Valuation Tribunals established under the Land Valuation Proceedings Act 1948

Legal Aid Tribunal

Legal Complaints Review Officer appointed or deemed to be appointed under the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006

Deputy Legal Complaints Review Officers appointed or deemed to be appointed under the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006

Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunals appointed or deemed to be appointed under the Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003

New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal

Private Security Personnel Licensing Authorities appointed or deemed to be appointed under the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010

Deputy Private Security Personnel Licensing Authorities appointed or deemed to be appointed under the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010

Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal

Review Authority appointed or deemed to be appointed under the Legal Services Act 2011

Deputy Review Authorities appointed or deemed to be appointed under the Legal Services Act 2011

Licensing Authorities appointed or deemed to be appointed under the Secondhand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act 2004

Deputy Licensing Authorities appointed or deemed to be appointed under the Secondhand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act 2004

Social Security Appeal Authority

Student Allowance Appeal Authorities appointed or deemed to be appointed under the Education Act 1989

Taxation Review Authorities

Trans-Tasman Occupations Tribunal

Victims’ Special Claims Tribunals designated under the Prisoners’ and Victims’ Claims Act 2005

Weathertight Homes Tribunal

Last updated on the 16th September 2019