Victims, their advocates, judiciary, government officials and victim experts gathered together over the past two days in the Capital, to ensure victims are a key part of the ongoing work to deliver a safer and more effective justice system for New Zealand.
The Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata Safe and Effective Justice: Strengthening the Criminal Justice System for Victims workshop took place on 4 and 5 March, and included the initial results of a comprehensive survey of New Zealanders, many of whom had experiences in the justice system.
The Government’s Chief Victims Advisor Kim McGregor, who hosted the two-day workshop, said the discussions and survey results showed clearly that efforts must continue to ensure victims feel supported, heard and respected.
“At the initial Criminal Justice Summit last year, Justice Minister Andrew Little made it crystal clear that the voices of victims must be at the heart of our efforts to make the justice system safer for New Zealanders.
“This two-day workshop is a significant step in an ongoing process to deliver a safer and more effective justice system for victims. There were a lot of important discussions and great passion and determination to take advantage of this once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve the criminal justice system for victims,” said Kim McGregor.
The event is part of the Hāpaitia programme and all the information will help inform the Minister in efforts to reform the justice system to make it safer and more effective.