New Zealand Law Commission
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B1 IN MARCH 1997 the Commission published the Discussion Paper.
It was sent to judges, lawyers, academics, community organisations and interest groups for comment on the Commission’s proposals.
B2 The Commission received extensive written submissions on the issues raised in the Discussion Paper from parties including:
• Judge Jaine, Judge Administrator for the Chief Justice on behalf of the High Court judiciary;
• the Deputy Solicitor-General;
• the Commissioner of Police;
• the Police Association;
• the Ministry of Justice;
• the Police Complaints Authority;
• the New Zealand Law Society;
• Crown Solicitors;
• the Criminal Bar Association;
• individual lawyers, individual District Court judges, individual police officers, and other individuals;
• community groups (including victims’ interest groups);
• three Crown prosecuting agencies (Department of Labour,
New Zealand Customs Service, Ministry of Fisheries);
• the Ministry of Transport;
• Private Prosecutions Ltd; and
• the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.
B3 In addition, the Commission held meetings with:
• the Solicitor-General and Deputy Solicitor-General;
• Justice Robertson (representing the views of High Court judges);
• the police;
• the Police Complaints Authority; and
• a number of prosecuting agencies, including the Serious Fraud Office.
B4 We wish to acknowledge the assistance provided by the Commission’s Mäori Committee which consists of the Right Reverend Bishop Manuhuia Bennett ONZ CMG, Justice ET Durie, Judge Michael Brown CNZM, Dr Mason Durie, Whetumarama Wereta and Te Atawhai Taiaroa.