Your local Community Law Centre can provide free initial legal advice and information.
“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.
Order hard copies from:
Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley
Phone: (04) 499 2928
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:
Phone: 0800 587 847
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)
This pamphlet is for people who have to give evidence in court as a witness.
You can order hardcopies from the New Zealand Law Society:
Phone: (04) 472 7837
Department of Corrections
This website 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 New Zealand Parole Board.
Victim Notification Register
This page on the Department of Corrections website has information about the victim notification register including, the process, how to apply, information victims can receive and how to make a complaint.
Restorative Practices Aotearoa
This website provides information on when Restorative Justice may be appropriate, and where in New Zealand Restorative Justice is available. You can also make an enquiry about Restorative Justice by filling out a form on their website.
Phone: 0800 RJA INC (0800 752 462)
Victim Support provides 24-hour support services to help New Zealanders rebuild their lives following a trauma or crisis.
Phone: 0800 842 846
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