Courts Matters Bill and Tribunals Powers and Procedures Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 10
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Courts Matters Bill and Tribunals Powers and Procedures Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 10


that block thank you madam Speaker Speaker I call Nicola Willis I rise to speak on the court matters Belen tribunal powers and procedures legislation bill which national supports I want to speak particularly in my contribution about the tribunal powers in procedures legislation which forms part of this bill because of course the purpose of the the legislation we’re discussing today is to modernize and bring our courts up to speed with the 21st century and tribunal processes of course are a very important part of how justice is served in our community and improving their consistency in transparency and their efficiency is a very important part of how we ensure that people trying to access justice processes are able to do so in a timely manner so the proposed changes should be commended because they will reduce the time that it takes to here in resolve measures they will ensure that tribunals are can have more consistency in the way that they are in the way that they are praying in particular it ensures that tribunals can continue to be the first option for the timely and specialist decision-making on particular matters of importance that can be required and affirm the role of tribunals and providing a dispute resolution system that exists outside the court system it’s important that the bill simplifies and standardizes the statutory powers because what that means and practice is that for people who are party to a dispute and there is a clearer process to follow they can put the implementer behind them sooner they can get on with their lives sooner which in the end is the purpose that we want justice to serve that it allows people to continue to go on with their lives and to make good contributions to our community so the bill improves some tribunal scope to hear cases making them more accessible for dispute resolution and it then and in doing so provides better consumer protection and redress so of course there are 21 tribunals that have legislation apply to them most of them were created on a case-by-case basis so there’s a currently a wide range of variants and their powers so standardizing provisions around the summoning of witnesses the awarding of costs were a person who has obstructed or unreasonably delayed proceedings and in standardizing the processes around contempt so that disruptive people can be more easily removed from a hearing are all things that will allow tribunals to act more effectively there is also updates of course to financial thresholds and then there is a simplification removing the bird links flat land title’s Commissioner which isn’t required anymore the health boards of Appeal in the maritime appeal Authority all of these things are about updating and modernizing our law so that it can operate well for people a particular example of course can be found in subpart seven where there are specific efforts taken to reduce the workload of the Human Rights Review Tribunal which I’m sure members of this house would be an all in agreement is in a very important tribunal in terms of the role it plays in our justice system so specifically enabling the appointment of one or more deputy chair persons authorizing the returning of claims back to the Human Rights Commission for further work allowing joint hearing by chair persons and deputy chair persons for training purposes so that they can be part of learning how that tribunal works and can therefore be better prepared for the future and also of course allowing for more efficiency by allowing a chairperson or deputy person to consider alone as opposed to a part of a panel matters that are coming before that tribunal so madam Speaker and instance national supports this bill because we see it as an important part of modernizing legislation to bring courts and tribunals up to speed with the 21st century improving consistency transparency and efficiency to better reflect the needs of today and to ensure that New Zealanders are better able to access justice and have it served to them in a more efficient manner thank you madam Speaker I call Jenny Anderson thank you very much for the opportunity

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