As the Government holds talks on how to fix the criminal justice system, political pressure and public sentiment loom as the biggest obstacles to be overcome, Sam Sachdeva writes.
Corrections is in the spotlight after placing a child sex offender in a motel housing vulnerable families, a sign of a wider problem it faces. Dozens of houses may have to be built on prison land as the housing crisis and community opposition bite, Sam Sachdeva reports.
The Government has formed a panel to rewrite its predecessor’s Family Court reforms, with Justice Minister Andrew Little saying too many people feel traumatised after going through the current system.
National leader Simon Bridges has wrapped up a two-month tour of New Zealand, saying the community events have given him a better sense of the issues on Kiwis’ minds. Sam Sachdeva spoke to him about how National must change and the road ahead.
Peter Ellis, the former childcare worker who claims he was wrongfully convicted of child sex abuse, has a new advocate - National leader Simon Bridges.
COMMENT: Shane Cowlishaw looks at Andrew Little's hopes for fundamental reform to the justice and corrections system and sees a range of political land mines ready to go off under the young Government.
Former policeman and ex-National MP Chester Borrows will lead an advisory group tasked with fixing New Zealand's "broken" criminal justice system, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced.
A sensitive case file that was misplaced at a Night and Day convenience store left a woman “understandably upset” after it was sent to the man she was locked in a dispute with. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
A private member's bill waiting to be plucked from Parliament’s cookie tin could provide the next justice minefield for the coalition Government.
Compensation payments to some of New Zealand’s most high-profile offenders have been quietly paid for abuse they suffered while in state care, but plans to restrict how they can use that money have been shelved. Shane Cowlishaw reports.