The $300 million Christchurch Justice precinct has reached a key milestone with the final concrete pour and the installation of the first cranes.
Justice Minister Amy Adams today inspected the build site of the new Justice and Emergency Services Precinct alongside Prime Minister John Key.
The state-of-the-art precinct will be home to the Ministry of Justice, New Zealand Police, Department of Corrections, NZ Fire Service, St John, local and regional civil defence and emergency management teams, and the judiciary.
Justice Minister Amy Adams has asked the Law Commission to resume work on proposals for better supporting victims of sexual violence through the criminal process.
The Law Commission will revisit its previous work on alternative pre-trial and trial processes to identify options for improving complainants’ experience in court.
“The Government is committed to supporting victims of crime, particularly victims of sexual violence. How victims interact with the justice system is an area that is constantly being reviewed. For this reason I have now formally asked the Law Commission to resume their work on this matter,” says Ms Adams.
Connections to broadband have accelerated by nearly forty per cent over the past quarter as more households, businesses and schools are able to join the fibre network.
The latest quarterly figures on the Government’s Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) and Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) were released today by Communications Minister Amy Adams at the Huawei New Zealand ICT Roadshow in Auckland.
Selwyn MP Amy Adams has commended the Government’s investment in the Christchurch International Airport’s Welcome China Project as part of the Tourism Growth Partnership (TGP). Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key announced late last week that the Welcome China Project would receive $270,000 in funding under the second round of the TGP.
Ms Adams said that she was pleased to learn that the Christchurch International Airport had been successful in gaining funding for the project, the aim of which is to secure long-term regular flights direct to the South Island from Guangdong.
The Justice Sector has continued to make progress against its Better Public Service targets with further decreases to the total crime rate and youth crime in the latest quarter, Justice Minister Amy Adams said today.
Since June 2011, the total crime rate has dropped 17 percent (1 percent reduction in the June quarter) and the youth crime rate has dropped 33 percent (4 percent reduction in the June quarter).
A new Bill to combat organised crime and corruption passed its first reading with unanimous support in Parliament today.
Justice Minister Amy Adams says the Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill will respond to the threat posed by illicit activities such as money laundering, fraud and drug-related crime, both domestically and internationally.
“This Government takes the threat of organised crime to New Zealand’s economy and reputation very seriously,” Ms Adams says.
Justice Minister Amy Adams has welcomed the Law Commission’s latest report Pecuniary Penalties – Guidance for Legislative Design tabled in Parliament today.
The Report sets out the Commission’s view on the laws relating to pecuniary penalties, considers the circumstances in which they should be used and the legal framework underpinning them.
Pecuniary penalties are fines typically imposed on an individual or a company for breaching the statutory rules under which they operate a business or enterprise. They are primarily imposed by the High Court of New Zealand in civil cases and can involve large sums of money being paid to the Crown.