Justice sector & policy

We're the lead organisation for government agencies involved in the justice sector. We produce policy advice to the Government on justice legislation and New Zealand’s constitution. We also provide advice to the Minister of Justice, the Associate Minister of Justice, the Minister for Courts, the Attorney General and the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi negotiations. 

  • Key initiatives »

    We lead and are involved in a wide range of initiatives to reduce crime, keep people safe and modernise the justice system.

  • About the justice sector »

    We work with 5 other government agencies to make New Zealand safer and to deliver accessible justice services and better outcomes for everyone.

  • Research & data »

    We produce a range of information and statistics across a wide variety of activity within the justice sector, including statistics, reviews and forecasts.

  • Constitutional issues & human rights »

    We administer parts of New Zealand’s constitution and promote the rule of law. We're also responsible for upholding human rights agreements.

  • Have your say »

    Find current issues we're consulting on, how to have your say, and recently closed consultations.

  • Cabinet and related material »

    On this page you’ll find documents that have been published under the Government’s policy requiring Ministers to proactively release Cabinet papers and related material.

  • Regulatory stewardship »

    Our Ministry is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest regulatory agencies. We’re responsible for 52 regulatory systems across 7 regulatory areas, and 154 pieces of legislation. This section describes our regulatory systems and how we approach our stewardship role.

  • Crown response to the Abuse in Care Inquiry »

    Crown response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions.

  • Referendums 2020 Public Information Programme »

    Te Tāhū o te Ture - The Ministry of Justice was tasked with managing the provision of public information relating to the End of Life Choice Act 2019 and Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill referendums.

  • Justice System Kaupapa Inquiry »