NZBA President Kate Davenport QC warmly congratulates the eight newly appointed QCs. She notes that the appointments recognise their skill, leadership, and excellence at the bar, as well as a commitment to access to justice. The appointments, announced by the Attorney-General Hon. David Parker, were made under a process that includes the new criterion of a commitment to improving access to justice,
The Ministry of Justice’s Research and Evaluation Team has published a specialist report called “Highly Victimised People”. This report comes from New Zealand’s largest survey of crime - the New Zealand Crime and Victims Survey 2018 (NZCVS). Last year, more than 8,000 people over the age of 15 were interviewed face-to-face and asked about any incidents of crime they had experienced in the previous 12 months.
On 18 November 2019, what has been described as a “ground-breaking” report was released by the Superdiversity Institute for Law, Policy and Business. The report, “Culturally, Ethnically and Linguistically Diverse Parties in the Courts: A Chinese Case Study”, applies a “superdiversity framework” to determine the issues and challenges faced by courts, judges, lawyers and prosecutors in ensuring equal access to justice for culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse (CALD) parties.