Courts Matters Bill and Tribunals Powers and Procedures Legislation Bill – Third Reading – Video 1

Courts Matters Bill and Tribunals Powers and Procedures Legislation Bill – Third Reading – Video 1

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crown minerals petroleum amendment bill third reading I call on government orders of the day numbers two and three-quarters bill third reading tribunals powers and procedures legislation bill third reading or PTO William seal move that the court matters bill and the tribunals powers and procedures legislation bill be now read a third time mr. speaker these two bills are part of our government’s efforts to provide New Zealanders with a more modern fair and effective justice system I’d like to take this opportunity to thank members of parliament from across the house for their cross-party support for these important bills and for the hard work of the Justice Select Committee members in examining these bills I will start off by highlighting some of the many changes that these bills will make and begin with the changes that the court matters bill is making to 16x governing the operation of the courts the amendments of the courts Security Act will help to provide the safe secure an orderly court environment that people are entitled to court security officers will be able to deny entry to or remove disruptive people whose behavior is causing distress to other people they will also be able to detain people who commit minor crimes such as disorderly behavior willful damage or the possession of illegal drugs in court and tribunal buildings the amendments of the Criminal Procedure Act will improve the efficiency and timeliness of the criminal courts for example the reclassification ARFF offenses with a maximum penalty of a community-based centers as category one offenses will enable defendants to plead guilty or not guilty in writing instead of having to appear in court and reflects the low-level nature of offenses the amendments to the summary proceedings that will enable fines and reparation to be collected sooner this will enhance their credibility as penalties furthermore the Ministry of Justice will be able to use automated decision-making to set up arrangement to pay fines and affordable installments this will provide a much more efficient and effective means for setting up several thousand arrangements each year most people pay their fines and installments because they cannot afford to pay them and fall the amendments to the Criminal Procedure mentally impaired persons Act will reverse the order of the to judicial inquiries that are undertaken to assess if a defendant is fit to stand trial in Criminal Court in future victims and witnesses will only have to give the evidence once instead of sometimes having to do so twice the amendments to the jury’s act will provide for people who are not fluent in English with a quick and simple way to defer their jury service I now describe some of the changes to the tribunals powers and procedures legislation bill for brevity I refer to this bill ester tribunals bill the tribunal smaller means 22 acts governing the operations of tribunals these tribunals resolve disputes deal with occupational discipline and regulation and review the decisions of government agencies around 40,000 people access these tribunals each year the tribunals bill will improve access to justice for people affected by the case backlog that has developed and the Human Rights Review Tribunal since 2015 I have previously previously spoken about one of the most challenging issues facing the human rights of each your tribunal with that being the unacceptable backlog of cases and the actions this government has taken to address this issue the house will know the human rights Review Tribunal provides important services for people who may have had their human rights rights to privacy or health and disability services rights breached since 2015 the number of claims fard with the tribe has exceeded its resources and this has caused a significant case backlog to develop what we know is that between 2014 2015 and 2016 2017 financial years the number of new cases received by the tribunal grew by 92% this lead to the backlog of cases to grow by a hundred and forty four percent from 52 cases as it was at the end of 2014 2015 to 127 cases at the end of 2016 2017 as of 31st of October 2018 there were 124 kin active cases on him in August 2017 the previous government appointed a sick and CHIP person for a period of 12 months to help with a case backlog but then alone has not worked everyday people are waiting two years for a hearing and up to three years for a decision earlier this year I reappointed the second chairperson for the same reasons furthermore and more importantly I took paper to cabinet this year to amend the Human Rights Act 1993 this was needed to enable the permanent appointment of additional Deputy Chair persons to the tribunal which I know was incorporated by the Justice Committee and I thank the committee members for doing this as it will increase the public’s ability to access justice so the Trevino’s bill now authorizes the appointments of more than one Deputy Chairperson the new deputy chair persons will be able to perform the same functions as those of chairperson this will help reduce the significant backlog the tribunal will now also include procedural changes to help further reduce the human rights Review Tribunal backlog for example the chairperson or Deputy Chairperson will be able to decide minor matters on the papers instead of a hearing being held the tribunal mas bill will provide better consumer diction in redress for example the monetary threshold of the disputes of the tribunal will be double people with disputes of 15,000 to 30,000 will have access to a quicker simpler and cheaper process than a court case the real estate agent disciplinary tribunal will be able to award monetary compensation of up to $100,000 for financial losses arising from a real estate agents unsatisfactory conduct at the moment the tribunal can only provide compensation for poor behavior that meets the higher threshold misconduct the private security personal personnel Licensing Authority will be able to discipline unsatisfactory conduct such as bullying the authority can currently only discipline misconduct which has a very high threshold the tribunal bills the tribunals bill will provide 21 tribunals administered by the Ministry of Justice with the tools they need to resolve cases faster and more effectively more tribunals will be able to strike out meritless cases and decide minor matters on the papers that is without having to hold a hearing to consider the matter these tools will enable for example the legal complaints Review officer to significantly reduce the case backlog that has developed over many years and to decide substantive matters more quickly in conclusion mr. speaker I know this bill may have started under the other administration but the bill before this house is substantially more Meteor and with significant changes to address the backlog that has become an issue over the past number of years so this coalition government was support from its support partners have moved with sufficiency and with much haste as is humanly possible in this house to movers as quickly as possible through this house finally mr. speaker the court matters build and the tribunals board will improve people’s experiences of the courts and tribunals system and I commend these bills to the house the question is that the motion be greeted speaker Thank You mr. speaker for the off

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