Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Canadian judge to assess Bain's claim for compensation
A retired Canadian Supreme Court Judge has been appointed to assess David Bain’s claim for compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment, Justice Minister Simon Power announced today.
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Minister appoints 23 Visiting Justices
Justice Minister Simon Power today announced the appointment of 23 Visiting Justices.
Thursday, 3 November 2011
Mrs Hubbard removed from statutory management
Mrs Margaret Jane Hubbard has been removed from statutory management, effective from 5pm on 13 November 2011.
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Bail laws to be strengthened to protect public safety
The Government is to make a series of changes to bail laws to improve public safety.
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Thousands to benefit from additional $10m for alcohol, drug treatment
A $10 million investment package to reduce harm from alcohol and drug abuse has been announced by Justice Minister Simon Power and Health Minister Tony Ryall.
Thursday, 13 October 2011
New rule strengthens safeguards for adventure aviation industry
Transport Minister Steven Joyce has signed a rule aimed at improving safety in the commercial adventure aviation industry.
Bill introduced to deter hard-core cartel behaviour
A bill that introduces criminal sanctions to deter hard-core cartel behaviour was introduced to Parliament today by Commerce Minister Simon Power.
Bill to establish full-time Disability Rights Commissioner introduced
A bill to establish a full-time Disability Rights Commissioner who will promote and protect the rights of disabled people was introduced to Parliament today by Justice Minister Simon Power.
Another bill to put victims of crime first
A bill that re-directs to victims of crime all compensation paid to prisoners was introduced to Parliament today by Justice Minister Simon Power.
Bill introduced to tighten rules around companies
A bill that tightens rules around company directors and company registration was introduced to Parliament today by Commerce Minister Simon Power.
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Once-in-a-generation re-write of securities law introduced
A bill which overhauls securities law to improve financial market conduct and restore investor confidence in New Zealand’s financial markets was introduced to Parliament today by Commerce Minister Simon Power.
Friday, 7 October 2011
49th Parliament passes 293 Government bills
The 49th Parliament passed 293 Government bills, the Acting Leader of the House, Simon Power, said today.
Minister pleased with progress following legal aid report
The Government is satisfied with steps taken by the Law Society to address concerns about the quality of legal aid providers and is not planning to appoint an independent regulator for the profession, Justice Minister Simon Power said today.
Government increases powers to crack down on counterfeit goods
Commerce Minister Simon Power and Customs Minister Maurice Williamson today welcomed new powers to help crack down on people who import and sell counterfeit goods.
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
Alternative court processes for child witnesses
Cabinet has approved an inquisitorial-style package of reforms that will dramatically improve the way child witnesses are treated in the criminal justice system, Justice Minister Simon Power announced today.
Unanimous support for bill to enhance victims' rights
Justice Minister Simon Power tonight (October 4, 2011) welcomed Parliament’s unanimous support for the first reading of a bill to overhaul victims’ rights.
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Biggest reform of criminal procedure in 50 years passes
Justice Minister Simon Power today welcomed Parliament’s passage of the omnibus Criminal Procedure (Reform and Modernisation) Bill which is a milestone in efforts to put the right to a timely trial back at the heart of the criminal justice system.
Monday, 3 October 2011
Manukau third city to benefit from court video links
An audio-visual link between Manukau District Court and Mt Eden Corrections Facility went live today, Justice Minister Simon Power and Corrections Minister Judith Collins announced today.
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
NZ ratifies treaties on rights of child, peacekeeping
New Zealand has ratified two treaties at the United Nations – one criminalises serious violation of children's rights, the other criminalises attacks on UN peace-builders.
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Schedule of MPs' valedictories
The Acting Leader of the House, Simon Power, advises that Parliament’s Business Committee has agreed to the following schedule for MPs’ retiring from Parliament to present their valedictory statements.
Public feedback sought on Family Court review
Justice Minister Simon Power is calling for public feedback on a discussion document into the Government’s ground-up review of the Family Court.
Friday, 16 September 2011
Minister to attend United Nations General Assembly
Justice Minister Simon Power will lead the New Zealand delegation to the opening week of the 66th United Nations General Assembly in New York next week.
Thursday, 15 September 2011
Parliament passes bill to protect children from abuse
Parliament today passed a bill that further protects vulnerable children from abuse and neglect.
Government secures wide support for criminal procedure bill
The Government has secured broad-based support for the Criminal Procedure (Reform and Modernisation) Bill, and intends to pass it before the election, Justice Minister Simon Power said today.
Final phase of DNA to come into force in December
Justice Minister Simon Power today announced that the final stage of DNA expansion, under the Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Amendment Act 2009, will take effect from 5 December.
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Simplified financial reporting proposed for SMEs, charities
Commerce Minister Simon Power today announced proposals to simplify the financial reporting framework for small and medium-sized businesses and registered charities.
Bill to protect children from abuse one step closer
Justice Minister Simon Power welcomed the passing last night of the second reading of a bill to protect vulnerable children from abuse and neglect.
Thursday, 8 September 2011
Trade mark changes good for business, consumers
Commerce Minister Simon Power today welcomed the unanimous passing of legislation that cuts compliance costs for businesses while cracking down on people who import and sell counterfeit goods.
Monday, 5 September 2011
Ministers praise Christchurch court staff
Justice Minister Simon Power and Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson today visited the Nga Hau e Wha Marae in Bromley, which is being used as a temporary courthouse following the Canterbury earthquakes.
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Regulations to improve supervision regime for trustees
Cabinet has approved regulations to support the licensing regime for trustees and statutory supervisors, Commerce Minister Simon Power announced today.