Have your say on reforming the criminal justice system

I made a submission to the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group, and also had a one on one meeting with one of the group members – this was on the laxity of judges in dealing with vexatious litigants who repeatedly get away with ignoring legal procedures, court timetables and directives from judges. If they required compliance with laws and court rules it would save the victims of ‘lawfare’, and the courts and judges, a lot of time (and money), giving them more time and resources for more important things.

The SEJAG wants to hear from more New Zealanders

On behalf of Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora – the Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group, I thank you for participating in the first phase of our national conversation on criminal justice.

We’ve engaged directly with thousands of people from around the country and heard many different perspectives on what works, what’s not working and how we can create safer and more effective criminal justice system for New Zealanders. Your insights have been invaluable to our work.

We’ve also been gathering feedback through an online survey and we’d really like to hear from even more New Zealanders.

Can you help us by sharing our online survey with your community and networks? We’re interested in hearing from anyone who couldn’t meet with us face-to-face:

To help inform our initial report to Government, we’d like to gather all online feedback by Friday 22 March.

Our initial report will reflect what we hear from New Zealanders and will be presented to the Minister for Justice, who has committed to making the justice system better for whānau and communities.

Hon Chester Borrows

Chair, Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora

Criminal Justice – Have your say

Share your views on criminal justice and help create a safer and more effective system for New Zealand.

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  1. ‘Do the same thing, get the same results’

    Shelith Hansbro has worked as a prison warden in the United States for almost a decade. While in New Zealand she talked to Laura Walters about the need for correctional facilities and lawmakers to open their minds and try a different approach to justice.

    “If we only keep ourselves surrounded by people who think the same and we do the same things, and we never ever branch out, we’re never ever going to get any different results than we always have,” Shelith Hansbro says from across the table in her hotel lobby in Wellington.

    “Do the same thing, and you get the same thing in return.”

    Hansbro – a journalist and public affairs officer-turned prison warden – is visiting New Zealand as the coalition Government wades through a massive piece of work to reform the country’s justice system. Meanwhile, it’s also working towards the goal of reducing the prison population by 30 percent in 15 years.

    Part of Justice Minister Andrew Little’s mission has been to change the rhetoric away from ‘tough on crime’.

    The ‘tough on crime’ vote-winner is something Hansbro knows well.


  2. Finbaar Rustle

     /  12th March 2019

    Justice is a huge employer with probably 50,000 adults involved.
    So crime and justice are too important to meddle with.
    With high unemployment and high rentals crime is a
    practical career path way for males under 30..
    If women were prohibited from having children till the age of 25
    there would be 10,000 more job placements.
    Crime does pay

    • Blazer

       /  12th March 2019

      white collar crime …pays…well.

      • Gezza

         /  12th March 2019

        Are you suggesting Little should be looking at ways to improve literacy & numeracy so that petty criminals can upskill into a higher earning bracket?

      • Finbaar Rustle

         /  12th March 2019

        True. Winston Peters and Shane Jones are highly paid white collar crims. CEO’s on 300k plus are all crims.

  3. Corky

     /  12th March 2019

    ”The ‘tough on crime’ vote-winner is something Hansbro knows well.”

    Unfortunately it’s mostly rhetoric. In New Zealand it’s produced longer prison sentences. In American things are so archaic you can steal bubble gum and go to jail for years, but plea bargain a sentence way down for a serious crime.

    Let’s be honest…the justice system is weak, liberal and inconsistent. To make a justice system robust would create a major disruption to society while it’s implemented. No government will ever go there because they don’t have the political will.

    Case in point:

    ‘Our initial report will reflect what we hear from New Zealanders and will be presented to the Minister for Justice, who has committed to making the justice system better for whānau and communities.”

    That’s a red flag. A flag that tells you all you need to know.

    Contrast that with this:

    The three month amnesty for gang members is about to expire, with the Minister Of Justice,
    Spike Ironside reiterating to the community once the amnesty finishes, people belonging to gangs will be classed as domestic terrorists. They will face long prison sentences and run the risk of fatal injuries should they resist.

    Mr Ironside has also rolled out a Police reeducation course that will focus on training police officers to apply the law..not interpret it. His course will run concurrently with a similar drive to reeducated judges away from making activist legislative decisions.

    Meanwhile in the real world the violence escalateds both for the police and the public.

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