Audio-visual technology such as video-conferencing is used in court proceedings, where available. This technology allows courts to connect directly to prison booths, or to any other video-conferencing device in New Zealand and overseas.
Domestic and family violence providers are contracted by the Ministry of Justice to deliver safety and non-violence courses and services. We fund these through community-based provider groups across the country.
Family Dispute Resolution providers are mediators who help families settle disputes about the care of their children. Parenting Through Separation courses give separating or separated parents information and support to make good decisions about the care of their children.
Practice notes cover many topics. They can contain guidelines on how a case must be managed, from the filing of the first document that starts proceedings through to disposition (the end of the case). They can also outline how professional services must be managed.
This section is for community-based providers contracted by the Ministry of Justice to deliver restorative justice services.
This section is for Family Lay Advocates or for anyone considering applying to be a Family Lay Advocate.
Find out the functions of Justices of the Peace (JPs), their role and responsibilities, and the process for being appointed as a JP.
Most courts and tribunals in Aotearoa New Zealand conduct their hearings in the English language. For many hearing participants, English is not their first language. Interpreters help ensure all participants get full and fair access to justice throughout the hearing process.
You can use our online database to find the contact details for a legal aid lawyer/provider.
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