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

  • Reducing family & 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.

  • 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.

  • Harmful digital communications

    We oversee a new Act which legislates against cyberbullying and other forms of digital harassment.

  • 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.

  • Modernising courts

    We're involved with initiatives to create an effective justice system that is accessible and cost-effective for New Zealanders.

  • 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.

  • Wiping historical homosexual convictions

    Men convicted of specific homosexual offences that used to be illegal can apply to have the convictions wiped from their criminal record.

  • 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.

  • Resolving Canterbury earthquakes insurance claims

    Parliament is considering a Bill which would establish a tribunal to help people resolve residential insurance claims related to the Canterbury earthquakes.

  • Family Court Rewrite

    In 2014, major changes were made to the family justice system. The Minister of Justice has asked an Independent Panel to examine the changes and consider how they have impacted separating families and their children.

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