In 2004 the Ministry of Justice published Restorative Justice Best Practice in New Zealand. This included the Ministry’s ‘Principles of Best Practice’ and the restorative justice providers’ ‘Statement of Restorative Justice Values’. The document noted that ‘the use of restorative justice processes in cases of family violence and sexual violence must be very carefully considered’.
Family violence is a harsh reality for many New Zealanders – we have some of the highest rates in the developed world. The government is committed to reducing family violence, keeping victims safe, and managing perpetrators more effectively so all New Zealanders can live free from violence. We know that identifying risk, intervening earlier and in a more coordinated way is critical to achieving...
The Restorative Justice Victim Satisfaction Survey measures victims’ experiences of, and satisfaction with Ministry of Justice-funded restorative justice processes.
What is restorative justice?
Restorative justice is a community-based approach to responding to crime that aims to hold offenders to account for their offending and, to the extent possible, repair the harm caused to the victims...
In March 2014 changes were made to how the family justice system (FJS) works. The Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) service is one of the major features of these changes. This service supports separating parents to reach mediated parenting agreements out-of-court. The FDR service consists of:
An assessment of whether a case is appropriate for mediation
A service that prepares people for...
What is the NZCASS?
The New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey (NZCASS) is a face-to-face survey of almost 7000 randomly chosen people living in New Zealand who are aged 15 or over.
The NZCASS has been carried out three times: 2014, 2009 and 2006.
What information does the NZCASS collect?
The NZCASS collects information about New Zealanders’ feelings of safety and their experiences of...
The Justice Sector Forecast covers the prison population (remand and sentenced), non-custodial sentences, legal aid expenditure, Crown Law case numbers, and court-imposed fines, amongst other things. Each major component is published in its own forecast at a different point in the year, and over the course of a year all components of the forecast are updated.
Forecasts for any particular...
The Ministry of Justice (the Ministry) commissioned Colmar Brunton to undertake a survey to investigate public perceptions about crime and the criminal justice system. This survey was first conducted in late July and early August 2013 and repeated in late June and early July 2014. This report describes the findings from the 2014 survey and compares them against the findings from the 2013 survey.
This paper summarises the results of the Court User Surveys. The Ministry of Justice commissioned Colmar Brunton to conduct the survey, which is designed to measure user experience of, and satisfaction with, frontline services and facilities provided by the Ministry at court sites. The results are used to monitor and improve service delivery and facilities at courts.
7 May 2014
Social services are working more and more collaboratively to deliver services to New Zealanders. This occurs throughout the sector, from frontline NGOs delivering services on behalf of multiple agencies, all the way to agencies and Ministries in Wellington working together to find new solutions.
This is based on the recognition that addressing complex social issues is rarely the responsibility...
Restorative Justice is internationally recognised as one of the most powerful tools available to authorities in the justice sector who are seeking to re-empower the victims of crime, and discourage future offending by those who have committed crimes.
Previous research in New Zealand showed that 74% of victims of crime who had engaged in restorative justice conferences said they "felt better"...