Related Sites and Organisations Which Can Help
These links have been created to provide access to some New Zealand sources of information relevant to the justice sector, and to organisations which can help with legal enquiries. Fee charging sites have not been included. The Crown Law Office is not responsible for the content or reliability of any linked website.
The Attorney-General's homepage, featuring speeches, press releases, policies, and other papers.
The New Zealand Legal Information Institute provides access to multiple case law databases.
Judicial decisions online
Published judgments and decisions of New Zealand Courts and Tribunals.
Courts of New Zealand (Ministry of Justice)
This website provides information on the judiciary and the courts and tribunals of New Zealand. Work includes administration of courts and tribunals, enforcement of court orders relating to fines and debts, and administration of the Māori Land Court and the Waitangi Tribunal.
The Waitangi Tribunal is a permanent commission of inquiry established to make recommendations on claims brought by Māori relating to the practical application of the Treaty of Waitangi, and to make determinations on whether matters brought before the Tribunal are consistent with the principles of the Treaty.
Govt.nz is the official gateway to the New Zealand government. This website provides access to central and local government services information, and government agency contact details.
New Zealand Parliament
The internet site for the House of Representatives provides information from the Office of the Clerk about members and Parliament's programme including order papers, select committees and progress of business.
The following are links to justice related government departments. For a full list of central and local government departments see newzealand.govt.nz
Department of Corrections
The Department of Corrections manage prison sentences, and other non custodial sentences such as periodic detention, community service and supervision. They also support the Parole Board and District Prisons Boards, and provide information to the courts.
Employment Relations Authority
The Employment Relations Authority helps to resolve employment relationship problems. It does this by looking into the facts and making a decision based on the merits of the case, not on technicalities. It is an independent body set up under the Employment Relations Act 2000.
Government Legal Network
Lawyers working across New Zealand’s public sector form the Government Legal Network (GLN). It is their dedication to public service and the Rule of Law that supports the effective working of government.
Ministry of Justice
The Ministry of Justice provides strategic and policy advice across the government sector. This site includes an introduction to the Ministry and its work, publications, questions, and other justice related information.
New Zealand Law Commission
The Law Commission is an independent government organisation, which reviews areas of the law that need updating, reforming or developing.
Te Kāhui Whakatau (Treaty Settlements)
Te Kāhui Whakatau (Treaty Settlements) negotiate the settlement of historical Treaty of Waitangi claims. This includes advising and helping claimant groups to get ready to enter negotiations.
Parliamentary Counsel Office
The Parliamentary Counsel Office is the New Zealand government's law drafting office. It is responsible for drafting New Zealand legislation and publishing the official version of Acts of Parliament and Statutory Regulations.
Auckland District Law Society Incorporated
ADLS Inc is a voluntary membership organisation providing resources and information for members of the legal profession, graduates and students, and the general public.
New Zealand Law Society The Society regulates all lawyers, but membership of the Society is voluntary. Regulatory activities include issuing practising certificates, maintaining a register of lawyers, making practice rules, law reform activities, managing the Lawyers Complaints Service, operating a Financial Assurance scheme, operating a Fidelity Fund.
To find a lawyer or check whether someone offering legal advice is a current practising lawyer, check the official Register of Lawyers.
ADLS Inc Find a Lawyer
New Zealand wide contact details for lawyers and law firms.
Community Law Centres
Contact details for community law centres nationwide. They provide free legal advice to communities with unmet legal need, especially those unable to pay for legal services. This may involve legal representation.
New Zealand Legislation website
For free up-to-date access to Acts, Bills and Regulations. Provided by the Parliamentary Council Office