The co-operating Justice and Justice Minister, Aupito William Sio, is delighted to see in the cases of the Act on Courts and the Law on the Law and Rules of the Tribunals this evening.
"These laws create a number of changes that will help newcomers provide a more modern, fairer and more efficient judicial system," says Aupito William Sio.
The Court of Justice and legislative bodies for legislation and legal proceedings have introduced a legal framework that helps courts and tribunals to provide a more modern customer service.
"The major change made by this government addresses the unacceptable unresolved number of cases that have increased in the recent years with the Human Rights Tribunal, which makes it possible to appoint vice-chairmen to reduce the number of pending cases with greater certainty and earlier access to justice.
"The legislation will also help courts and tribunals to ensure better customer protection and redress, improve New Zealand citizens' access to justice and enable the Justice Department to provide safer buildings for tribunals and tribunals.
Some changes include:
allowing the appointment of a Vice-President for the Human Rights Review Tribunal and the implementation of procedural changes that will help to reduce the unresolved cases that have occurred in recent years;
allowing a legal complaints officer to reject unconditional claims and to decide on other document-related matters that would help reduce the number of pending cases;
modernizing and reconciling the powers and practices of 21 tribunals supported by the Ministry of Justice, which makes it easier for people to resolve problems and continue their lives;
extending the powers of judicial security officials to refuse entry into, and removal and detention of, court and court buildings;
to make it easier for people who can not afford to pay fines to make arrangements to pay for acceptable repayments;
changing criminal and family lawsuits to improve efficiency and time limits
enabling police officers on the side of the road to issue orders to abolish the driving license;
raising the financial limit for the Dispute Tribunal from $ 15,000 to $ 30,000, so more disputes can be resolved cheaper, easier and faster;
Providing a Disciplinary Tribunal for Real Estate Officers with the power to grant compensation up to $ 100,000 for financial losses.
Most changes will come into force immediately, while the remaining changes will enter into force by mid-2020.
"These laws will allow New Zealand laws to work more efficiently, with courts and tribunals better able to use 21st century technology and shorten the time needed to hear and resolve issues," says Aupito William Sio.
(With input from New Zealand press release)