The criminal courts
Your local Community Law Centre can provide free initial legal advice and information.
“Rape Survivors’ Legal Guide” (booklet)
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.
“Lag Law: Your rights inside prison and on release”
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.
Ministry of Justice
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:
Ministry of Justice Collections Unit
Phone: 0800 4 FINES (0800 434 637)
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
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)
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:
This website has information:
This website provides information on when restorative justice may be appropriate, and where in New Zealand restorative justice is available.
Victim Support provides 24-hour support services to help New Zealanders rebuild their lives following a trauma or crisis.
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