Criminal Justice System


Criminal Justice System

If our society is to craft a social covenant that results in low crime, and a climate of openness, innovation and opportunity for all, we must prioritise and reward the needs of the lawful with a freedom that does not exist under an abundance of legislation, but in the reality of a just and civil society.


Key Principles 

Justice

  • The rule of law is a fundamental building block of civil society and therefore should apply to all New Zealand citizens and residents, regardless of circumstances.


  • A strong criminal justice system whose primary focus is community safety is a core government responsibility. No individual or group should be given special or preferential treatment other than the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.


Courts

  • Judicial sentencing must reflect community standards, the interests of the victims and the protection of citizens from future offending.


  • Past behaviour to be taken into consideration during sentencing and/or the application of fines.


  • To implement night court that will run from 5pm to 11pm to cover all low level crimes. 


Police

  • Police numbers to increase to 12,000.


  • An extension of police training period from 16 to 32 weeks. Included in the training will be specialist training for anti-terrorism; drug-smuggling; sex-offenders etc so that our police force is better equipped to deal with high priority crimes they face.


  • Increase street presence of police within suburbs.


  • CPTED policies advanced in architecturally shaping our public spaces.


Criminal justice

  • Truth in demographic and regional crime statistics for transparency of who is really committing all the crimes.


  • Associate Justice Minister to be a victims of crime advocate.


  • Citizens to have the absolute right of self-defence for themselves, their families, property and in coming to the defence of others. The concept of ‘reasonable force’ being redefined as any force required for the acquisition of safety from harm by an offender.


  • Heinous crimes involving murder, the permanent wilful incapacitation of others, child rape and rape to attract life in prison with no opportunity for release.


  • Inmates will be required to work for their own upkeep not only to contribute to the cost of their incarceration but also to develop skills and meaningful work placement at the commutation of their sentence. During such time they will pay reparation, upkeep plus a portion set aside for their release which will be invested and returned to them once they have completed ten years without a serious crime violation: any violation which sees them return to prison will incur immediate forfeiture of the amount saved.