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Policy teams at the Ministry of Justice provide support and advice on new legislation and legislative reform. We create, research and evaluate policy relating to:

  • civil, criminal, and constitutional law
  • foreshore and seabed policy
  • Treaty negotiations.

We provide advice to the Minister of Justice, the Associate Minister of Justice, Minister for Courts, the Attorney General and the Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations.

We aim to build an understanding of the critical choices that New Zealand will face over the coming years to help government make well-informed decisions.

In this section:

  • Criminal justice: Putting things right for victims through restorative justice, combating bribery and corruption, and a whole of government approach tackling organised crime.
  • Crime prevention: Find out about alcohol reform, the priority offenders initiative, reducing knife crime and our crime prevention projects.
  • Supporting victims: Cross-sector work to provide coordinated and effective services for victims.
  • Commercial, property and regulatory: A broad range of private law and industry regulation responsibilities.
  • Justice system improvements: Comprehensive reform to ensure justice processes are efficient, simple and accessible.
  • Constitutional policy and human rights: Policy relating to constitutional statutes and other constitutional matters; information and resources relating to international and domestic human rights protection.
  • Private international law: The legal rules that address questions that arise when a transaction, dispute or a family relationship has a connection with two or more countries.
  • Regulatory Impact Statements: View our latest Regulatory Impact Statements.