Courts & Tribunals Enhanced Services Bill

The Government is working on proposals aimed at improving and modernising the processes at New Zealand's courts and tribunals.

The Courts & Tribunals Enhanced Services Bill will affect 23 tribunals as well as some court processes.

The Bill, which is being drafted, will probably be introduced to Parliament in early 2017.

The proposed reforms will update a wide range of older legislation that has failed to keep pace with modern practice. They will help ensure tribunals continue to be the first option for timely, specialist decision-making and dispute resolution outside the court system.

Proposed changes include enabling more people to use the Disputes Tribunal by allowing it to deal with claims of up to $30,000 (up from the current limits of $15,000, or $20,000 if both sides agree).

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