The Criminal Law Committee is made up of experienced members of the defence bar who are committed to upholding the rights of their clients. The Committee keeps a watching brief on all issues regarding the administration of criminal justice and where necessary, raises issues with stakeholders in the criminal justice sector and suggests possible solutions. These stakeholders include the courts, judiciary, Police, Ministry of Justice, the Department of Corrections and the Parole Board. The Committee also makes submissions on proposed legislative changes concerning criminal procedure and evidence and writes a wide range of LawNews articles on criminal justice issues.
In 2020 a focus for the committee will be making submissions on the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill and monitoring the Bill’s implementation. This Bill amends the Evidence Act 2006, Victims’ Rights Act 2002, and Criminal Procedure Act 2011 with the aim of reducing the re-traumatisation victims of sexual violence may experience when they attend court and give evidence.