Source: New Zealand Ministry of Justice – Public feedback sought on draft Victims Code
The Ministry of Justice is seeking public input on the draft Victims Code.
Amendments to the Victims’ Rights Act, which came into force in December 2014, require the Secretary for Justice to develop and put in place a Victims Code.
The draft Code outlines victims’ rights, the services available to victims from government agencies and other organisations, and the obligations of justice sector agencies when dealing with victims.
The Code provides guidance on standards of service that victims can expect and outlines how they can make a complaint if standards are not met.
The Ministry has previously consulted widely about the content and structure of the Code. Input is now sought to ensure it is clear and easy to understand and accessible to a wide range of people and organisations.
Comment on the draft Code can be made via an online questionnaire or written submission, by 5pm Friday 29 May 2015.