Views on bail sought
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.