Views on bail sought

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Waikato MP Lind­say Tisch is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple in our com­mu­nity to have their say on parts of the bail sys­tem.

‘‘The Gov­ern­ment has called for pub­lic sub­mis­sions on a dis­cus­sion doc­u­ment which re­views parts of the bail sys­tem,’’ Mr Tisch said.

‘‘The Na­tional-led Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to mak­ing the pub­lic safe. New Zealan­ders de­serve to feel safe in their lo­cal com­mu­nity and their homes. That’s why we re­versed Labour’s 2007 changes which made it eas­ier for peo­ple to get bail.

‘‘Other as­pects of the bail sys­tem have been brought to our at­ten­tion, in­clud­ing whether peo­ple charged with se­ri­ous of­fences such as mur­der should be el­i­gi­ble for bail.

‘‘The Gov­ern­ment wants the pub­lic’s help to an­swer those ques­tions,’’ Mr Tisch said.

‘‘The re­view is fo­cused on bail in the pe­riod be­tween when a per­son is charged with an of­fence and when their trial ends – if the mat­ter goes that far.

‘‘It’s a dif­fi­cult area be­cause we need to bal­ance the safety of the pub­lic and the in­tegrity of court pro­ceed­ings against a per­son’s right to be pre­sumed in­no­cent un­til proven guilty.

As a start­ing point for sub­mit­ters, the con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment in­cludes pre­lim­i­nary Gov­ern­ment views and pro­pos­als re­lat­ing to each as­pect.

‘‘We’re look­ing for­ward to hear­ing what peo­ple have to say about the dis­cus­sion doc­u­ment and the pro­pos­als it in­cludes.

‘‘ The Gov­ern­ment will use pub­lic feed­back to help de­velop bail pol­icy that ensures the ap­pro­pri­ate bal­ance is struck in bail de­ci­sions.

‘‘I’d en­cour­age any­one with an in­ter­est in bail to make a sub­mis­sion be­fore May 15,’’ Mr Tisch said.

The dis­cus­sion doc­u­ment is avail­able on­line at http://www.jus­tice.govt.nz/pol­icy/crim­i­nal-jus­tice.

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