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NEW ZEALAND LAW COMMISSION
Te Aka Matua o te Ture
Wellington, New Zealand
The Law Commission is an independent, publicly funded, central advisory body established by statute to undertake the systematic review, reform and development of the law of New Zealand. Its purpose is to help achieve law that is just, principled, and accessible, and that
reflects the heritage and aspirations of the peoples of New Zealand.
The Commissioners are:
The Honourable Justice Baragwanath – President
Judge Margaret Lee
Denese Henare ONZM (until 30 June 2000)
Timothy Brewer ED
Paul Heath QC
The Executive Manager of the Law Commission is Bala Benjamin
The office of the Law Commission is at 89 The Terrace, Wellington
Postal address: PO Box 2590, Wellington 6001, New Zealand
Document Exchange Number: SP 23534
Telephone: (04) 473–3453, Facsimile: (04) 471–0959
Report/Law Commission, Wellington, 2000
ISSN 0113–2334 ISBN 1–877187–58–5
This report may be cited as: NZLC R66
Also published as Parliamentary Paper E 31AY
16 October 2000
I am pleased to submit to you Report 66 of the Law Commission, Criminal Prosecution, which is part of the continuing reference
to the Commission to review the law, structure and practices governing procedure in criminal cases.
We have concluded that the current criminal justice system is, by and large, effective and respectful of human rights. Radical change is not required but existing structures can be modified in many respects to make the system fairer as well as more efficient.
A broad analysis of the issues relating to Mäori was beyond the scope of this paper. It is nevertheless clear that many Mäori consider that the existing system is monocultural and even hostile to them. Further work is required in this area.
The Hon Justice Baragwanath
The Hon Phil Goff
Minister of Justice
The Hon Margaret Wilson
Associate Minister of Justice