Summit and new advisory group to focus on criminal justice reform

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Justice Minister Andrew Little announced a Criminal Justice Summit and an Advisory Group to lead conversations on reforming the criminal justice system.

These are part of a cross-agency programme of work, Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata – Safe and Effective Justice.

The Criminal Justice Summit will take place from 20 - 22 August 2018 in Wellington and Porirua. The purpose of the Summit is to bring a range of people together to help design long term solutions. It also seeks to provide a platform for engagement between policy developers and the wider public. The Summit will be launched by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

It is open to people who have lived experience of the criminal justice system and providers including: children and young people, victims of crime, academics, iwi/Māori, NGOs and international experts. Find more information and register your interest in attending.

Andrew Little said:

"Real change means we have to do things differently. The Summit provides a start to honest conversations as a country, supported by real evidence. The Summit will bring together victims, victims’ advocates, front-line workers with different backgrounds and experience in the criminal justice system, and experts in criminal justice."

There will be other opportunities to give feedback, including regional hui. Details for the hui will be announced on the website: www.safeandeffectivejustice.govt.nz.

Minister Little also announced the Safe and Effective Justice Programme Advisory Group – Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora. Its members are:

  • Hon Chester Borrows QSO
  • Dr Jarrod Gilbert
  • Dr Carwyn Jones
  • Professor Tracey McIntosh
  • Ruth Money
  • Julia Amua Whaipooti
  • Professor Tony Ward
  • Dr Warren Young QSO
Update: Shila Nair and Quentin Hix have also been added Uepū Hāpai i te Ora - The Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group.

The purpose of the Advisory Group is:

  • To have public conversation about what people want from the criminal justice system
  • To hear a range of ideas about improving the criminal justice system.

Read more about the Advisory Group members.

For more information about the reform work, listen to an interview with Minister Little on Morning Report, Radio NZ.

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JustSpeak and Mahi Tahi Akoranga Trust recently hosted Whiti Te Rā - a kaupapa Māori hui on transformative change in criminal justice.

For other news on prisons and criminal justice reform, see our previous stories:

New foundation awards grants for legal research, further grants available, February 2018

Professor Tracey McIntosh awarded Te Rangi Hīroa Medal, October 2017

Corrections launches new strategy for women offenders, August 2017

Waitangi Tribunal: Crown has breached Treaty obligations on Māori reoffending, May 2017

Corrections to improve support for female prisoners at risk of family violence, August 2016

Selected media 

Justice Summit: Discussion on improving our criminal justice system, Beehive Press Release, 22.08.2018

Speech: Ardern - Justice Summit Opening, Beehive Press Release, Scoop, 21.08.2018

‘It clearly isn’t working’: Andrew Little on his crusade to reform criminal justice, The Spinoff, 20.08.2018

Borrows to lead investigation into justice system reform, Stuff, 25.07.2018

Public ready for crime talk, Waatea News, 23.07.2018

Bias concern in justice reform, Waatea News, 13.07.2018

Youth voice important for Justice reforms - lawyer, Māori Television, 12.07.2018

Andrew Little kicks off 'real change' to the justice system, Newshub, 12.07.2018

First steps in fixing 'broken' criminal justice system announced, Māori Television, 12.07.2018