March 17, 2017
Innovation in the courts celebrated
Maori and rangatahi courts and new approaches to dealing with Maori land are outlined in a new publication from the Ministry of Justice.
Minister Amy Adams says the online booklet showcases how fresh thinking by talented people is helping to address complex issues in the justice sector.
Justice: Our People, Our Communities shares stories about people and initiatives like the National Home Safety Service, which keeps people at risk of family violence safe in their homes with practical support including replacing locks and installing security lights.
Other stories include that of Aroha Shelford who is getting help from the Maori Land Court to test new Maori land use provisions to build a papakainga on 18 hectares of family land near Whangarei.
Also in Northland, Judge Greg Davis has changed the way his courtroom works so proceedings can be conducted in Maori, and the offender and their whanau, hapu and iwi are engaged in the sentencing process, including the development of and participation in a culturally appropriate rehabilitation programme.
The booklet can be found here: < https://justiceprod2.cwp.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Publications/Justice-Our-People-and-Communities.pdf>
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