The criminal courts

Other resources

Community Law

www.communitylaw.org.nz

Your local Community Law Centre can provide free initial legal advice and information.

“Rape Survivors' Legal Guide” (booklet)

www.communitylaw.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Rape-Survivors-Legal-Guide-2011.pdf

This booklet explains the court process for a rape trial, from the decision to make a complaint to the police, through to the case being decided in court.

Order hard copies from:
Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley
Phone: (04) 499 2928
Email: info@wclc.org.nz

“Lag Law: Your rights inside prison and on release”

www.communitylaw.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Lag-Law-2015-for-web.pdf

Lag Law answers heaps of common questions you might have if you're going to prison, you're in prison, or you're getting out of prison. It talks about your rights in prison, and sets out the laws and rules that affect you when you're put in prison.

Order hard copies from:
Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley
Phone: (04) 499 2928
Email: info@wclc.org.nz

Ministry of Justice

www.justice.govt.nz/about/publication-finder/

The Ministry of Justice website has a range of pamphlets and other information on topics covered in this chapter. You can access this information online, or you can order hardcopies of the pamphlets from:

Phone: 0800 587 847
Email: publications@justice.govt.nz

Fines

Ministry of Justice Collections Unit – www.justice.govt.nz/fines

Phone: 0800 4 FINES (0800 434 637)
From overseas: +64 4 915 8586
From Australia: 1800 144 239 (toll free)

You can check or pay your fines by phone or online. The website has information about both infringement fines and court-imposed fines, and about reparations. The website also has information about District Court Collections Units.

Department of Internal Affairs – www.passports.govt.nz/what-you-need-to-renew-or-apply-for-a-passport/before-you-travel/

This webpage has information about paying your fines to avoid being stopped at the border.

Phone: 0800 PAYORSTAY (0800 729 677)

“Giving evidence” (Law Society pamphlet)

www.lawsociety.org.nz/news-and-communications/guides-to-the-law

This pamphlet is for people who have to give evidence in court as a witness. You can access it online.

You can also order hardcopies from the New Zealand Law Society:

Phone: (04) 473 7909
Email: pamphlets@lawsociety.org.nz

Department of Corrections – Community Assistance

www.corrections.govt.nz/community-assistance.html

This Community Assistance webpage has information:

  • for family and friends of offenders
  • about the Department of Corrections' role in the community, including community work, supervision, home detention, and the role of probation officers
  • about the Victim Notification Register
  • about the New Zealand Parole Board.

Restorative Justice Aotearoa

www.restorativejusticeaotearoa.org.nz

This website provides information on when restorative justice may be appropriate, and where in New Zealand restorative justice is available.

Phone: 0800 RJA INC (0800 752 462)
Email: rja@rja.org.nz

Victim Support

www.victimsupport.org.nz

Victim Support provides 24-hour support services to help New Zealanders rebuild their lives following a trauma or crisis.

Phone: 0800 842 846
Email: nationaloffice@victimsupport.org.nz

Victims Information

www.victimsinfo.govt.nz

This is the website of the government's “Victims Centre”. The site provides links to a range of services available to help victims deal with the practical and emotional effects of the crime, at each stage of the criminal and youth justice process.

Phone: 0800 650 654
Email: victimsinfo@justice.govt.nz

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During the Covid 19 response, most Community Law Centres are still giving free legal support by phone and/or online.

Please find the contact details of your nearest Community Law Centre here to access their services.

We’re updating legal rights information during COVID 19 response right now and will have that information available on our website soon. Watch this space.

For now, you will also find out useful information on our Community Law Manual Facebook page.

The distribution of resources from our Online Bookshop are on hold until further notice.

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