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.


Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.