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About the Ministry

The Ministry of Justice exists to create a fairer and safer New Zealand and provides many services on behalf of government to help achieve this.

Approximately 3,400 Ministry staff work in over 100 different locations around New Zealand delivering a variety of services from court services and fines collection to policy advice, negotiation of Treaty of Waitangi claims and running the parliamentary elections.

The Ministry of Justice administers legislation and contributes to a more credible and more effective justice system by:

  • developing robust policy advice that influences the direction of justice in New Zealand
  • supporting an efficient and accessible court system that is trusted by New Zealanders
  • providing effective services to support independent judicial decision making
  • settling Treaty of Waitangi claims in a fair and durable way
  • managing parliamentary elections and referenda effectively, to maintain public confidence in electoral processes
  • working with communities to enhance safety and wellbeing.

The Ministry of Justice is led by the Secretary for Justice and Chief Executive. The Executive Team is supported by the wider Senior Management Team.

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