We lead and are involved in a wide range of initiatives to reduce crime, keep people safe and modernise the justice system.

    • Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata

      We are working on long term solutions to improve community safety and the way justice works and we want to listen to everyone involved. This is just the beginning and it will take time, but we have to make a start as the system isn’t working.

    • Addressing family violence and sexual violence

      We're part of a cross-government work programme related to family violence and sexual violence that aims to ensure victims are safer, improve services, and change long-standing behaviours and attitudes.

    • Behavioural Science Aotearoa - Changing behaviour in justice for good

      We work to understand people better so we can make our justice system work for them. We use evidence and research methods from social sciences to ensure policies and processes reflect the way people behave and make decisions.

    • Privacy

      We're progressing reforms to our privacy laws to protect people’s personal information, and help ensure businesses and organisations that hold such data safeguard and handle it appropriately. 

    • Trust law reform

      The Government is moving to update and improve the law governing trusts for the first time in nearly 60 years.

    • Anti-money laundering & countering financing of terrorism

      We lead the development of New Zealand's anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) frameworks.

    • Sale & supply of alcohol

      Legislation regulating the sale and supply of alcohol is administered by us and we provide advice to the Government on policy relating to alcohol-related offending and crime prevention.

    • Cross-government initiatives

      Find out about some of the plans and programmes involving multiple government agencies that we play a role in.

    • Crimes Amendment Act

      Parliament is currently considering The Crimes Amendment Bill which will update the Crimes Act by repealing three obsolete provisions which do not refelect how the criminal law is operating in today's New Zealand.

    • Family Court Rewrite

      The Independent Panel that examined the 2014 Family Court reforms made 69 recommendations about the law, policy and practices governing care of children matters in their final report, Te Korowai ā-Whānau.

    • Criminal Cases Review Commission

      The Criminal Cases Review Commission Act redefines the way possible miscarriages of justice are identified.

    • Adoption Law Reform

      Aotearoa New Zealand's adoption laws are being reviewed to reflect contemporary adoption processes and promote consistency with principles in child-centred legislation.

    • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court

      The AODT Court aims to deliver better outcomes and experiences for court participants with alcohol and other drug substance use disorders, victims, whānau and the wider community. 

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