Justice Sector Datalab

Research and evaluation collection

266 Results

Trends in the use of Bail and Offending while on Bail 1990-1999

Year: 2003

Agency: Ministry of Justice

Author: Barb Lash

Information on offending on bail is for 1999. In these statistics, an offence committed while on bail is defined as a conviction for an offence committed while on bail. Some court proceedings for offences committed while on bail were not finalised until two years after the offence was committed. To allow for this, convictions for the two years after 1999 (2000 and 2001) were included in the measurement of offending on bail for 1999. Data on offending on bail from 1990 to 1992 is included in the report so that trends over a ten year period can be analysed.

The New Zealand National Survey of Crime Victims 2001

Year: 2003

Agency: Ministry of Justice

Author: Allison Morris, James Reilly, Sheila Berry and Robin Ransom

This Report presents the findings of the second New Zealand National Survey of Crime Victims (NZNSCV) which was conducted in 2001. A random sample of the population aged 15 and over was interviewed. In addition, there were two 'booster' samples of M_ori and Pacific peoples respectively. The 2001 NZNSCV focused on offences where the participant had personally been a victim (examples of these are sexual victimisation, assault, robbery, theft from the person, general theft and wilful damage), and where all members of the household could be regarded as victims and so the participant answered on behalf of the whole household (examples of these are burglary, theft from inside or outside a dwelling, theft of or from motor vehicles and interference with motor vehicles). Participants were asked not only about the extent to which they had been the victims of these offences since 1 January 2000, but also about the circumstances and impact of those offences and their response to them as well as a range of other crime-related information.

The Needs of Pacific Peoples when they are Victims of Crime

Year: 2003

Agency: Koloto & Associates Limited

This report presents and discusses the findings of a qualitative study of the needs of Pacific peoples who have been victims of three types of crime: Violence, Family Violence and Property Offences. The study, which was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice with support from the Health Research Council, was designed to provide qualitative information to complement the quantitative information provided by the second New Zealand National Survey of Crime Victims 2001.

Talking about Sentences and Crime: The views of people on periodic detention

Year: 2003

Agency: Ministry of Justice

Author: Wendy Searle, Trish Knaggs and Kiri Simonsen

This study presents the findings from the first comprehensive New Zealand survey to ask people sentenced to periodic detention their views on sentencing and crime. The research assesses detainees' perceptions of sentencing practice and their knowledge of key facts, such as the level of violent crime, and the number of people offending while on bail. The research also explores offenders' perceptions of the relative severity of a range of sentences and the sentences they have experienced. The research was undertaken prior to major sentencing reform in New Zealand, with the sentencing framework as set out in the Criminal Justice Act 1985 replaced by provisions of the Sentencing Act 2002. Significant changes to community-based sentences were enacted, effectively involving a merger of periodic detention with community service in a new sentence called Community Work.

Characteristics Associated with the Early Identification of Complex Family Court Custody Cases

Year: 2003

Author: Helena Barwick, Alison Gray, Roger Macky

The Family Court deals with a proportion of complex custody cases which are of long duration and involve a lot of interaction with the Family Court. The Department for Courts has commissioned this research to investigate whether these complex Family Court custody cases can be identified early through particular characteristics or criteria. The research, which was qualitative in design, gathered data through interviews and group discussions with individuals. It focused on characteristics or criteria that the Court can be expected to have or to obtain information about. Informants for this report include Family Court Judges, Court staff, CYF lawyers, family law practitioners, and specialist report writers. The research also included a brief a literature review.

A Statistical View of Guardianship Act Cases

Year: 2003

Agency: Department for Courts

Author: Department for Courts

The purpose of this report is to provide some statistics about cases brought under the Guardianship Act 1968, and the judicially ordered costs and hearings arising from these cases.

Research into the New Life Akoranga Programme of the Mahi Tahi Trust

Year: 2003

Agency: Ministry of Justice

Author: Nan Wehipeihana, Laurie Porima with Philip Spier

The New Life Akoranga Programme works with inmates helping them to discover and recover traditional Maori principles, values and disciplines. Two types of research were undertaken. The first aimed to document how far the programme achieved its aims. The second type of research aimed to examine the programme's impact on participants' subsequent offending behaviour.

Attitudes to Crime and Punishment: A New Zealand Study

Year: 2003

Agency: Ministry of Justice

Author: Judy Paulin, Wendy Searle and Trish Knaggs

This report presents the findings from the first comprehensive national survey of the views of a sample of New Zealanders about crime and the criminal justice system's response to crime.

Evaluation of Programmes for Children under the Domestic Violence Act 1995

Year: 2002

Agency: International Research Institute for Maori and Indigenous Education University of Auckland and Centre for Child and Family Policy Research University of Auckland

Author: Tania Cargo, Fiona Cram, Robyn Dixon, Deborah Widdowson, Vivienne Adair and Sue Jackson

This evaluation of programmes for children took a comprehensive approach, incorporating aspects of both process and outcome evaluation. Documentation and qualitative analysis of the ways in which programmes for children under the Domestic Violence Act 1995 operated in practice are included. The impact of programmes on the lives of the participants interviewed is discussed.

The Domestic Violence 1995 Act 42 day ‘rules’, and the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989 60 day ‘rule’

Year: 2002

Agency: Department of Courts

Author: Helena Barwick and Alison Gray

Details: http://www.justice.govt.nz/courts/family-court/documents/publications/42-day-rules-young-persons.pdf

The Department for Courts commissioned research to investigate the reasons why the 42 day 'rule' in the Domestic Violence Act 1995 (DVA) and the 60 day 'rule' in the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989 (CYPFA) are not always met in the Family Court.

Sections 22, 36, 46, 47, 55, 59, 65, 69 and 76 of the DVA provide that, where a respondent to an application wants to be heard in relation to that application, unless there are special circumstances, a hearing date should be assigned no later than 42 days after receipt of the respondent's notice.

Section 200 of CYPFA requires that an application under section 67 of the Act shall, unless there are special circumstances, be heard not later than 60 days after the application is filed in the court.

Delays in hearings can affect both the interim situation and outcomes for respondents and their children in the case of the DVA and the outcomes for children and their families in the case of CYPFA. It is also a questionable use of resources for courts to be endeavouring to meet what are often considered to be unrealistic time frames.

This study explores the reasons why these time frames are not always being met. The findings will inform decisions as to whether changes in Family Court procedure might lead to improved levels of compliance, or whether the time frames themselves are impracticable in some circumstances.