Better outcomes for Māori - improving how our justice system operates for Māori, such as exploring partnerships with iwi/Māori to design and deliver interventions that better address the needs of Māori, and making better use of our data to understand where and how we can improve our services and build evidence about what works.
Reducing family violence - the new Family Violence Act provides a modern and enabling framework to effectively address family violence ; creating a dedicated body to lead the whole-of-government response to family and sexual violence; and other projects underway including piloting an integrated safety response model, which sees government and community services working together more closely to ensure families experiencing violence get the help they need.
We can think about the criminal justice system (Police, Justice/Courts and Corrections) as a "pipeline". The pipeline starts with Police preventing and dealing with crime, moves through to the Courts where offenders are prosecuted and sentenced, and ends with Corrections who manage prison and community sentences, and provide rehabilitation programmes. It means policies and approaches in one part of the system can impact on others. Joining up our approach allows us to identify these effects, and implement changes that have the best outcomes for everyone.
To help us to work better together we have formed the Justice Sector Leadership Board. It includes:
Secretary for Justice (chair)
Commissioner, NZ Police
Chief Executive, Department of Corrections
Chief Executive, Oranga Tamariki
Chief Executive, Serious Fraud Office
Solicitor-General, Crown Law Office.
The Leadership Board is responsible for ensuring we achieve our collective goals. They coordinate major change programmes and oversee planning to improve services, reduce harm and the number of people in the criminal justice system, maintain institutions and manage investment. The Leadership Board is supported by Sector Group within the Ministry of Justice.