Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms we’re all entitled to, no matter what our age, ethnicity, culture, religion or sex.
Discrimination is illegal — you have the right to complain.
If you or someone you care about is the victim of a crime, there's support and help available.
If you need help from the police, the fire service, or you need an ambulance dial 111 and the emergency operator will connect you to the right place.
You only need to call 111 if it's an emergency. Find out how to report crimes that aren't urgent, and what happens when you report them.
If you're applying for a visa to travel overseas, you'll always need to provide details of your criminal record. If you're applying for a job, the clean slate rules might apply.
You can get free legal help if you can’t afford to pay for a lawyer yourself.
If you don’t have your own lawyer and the Police have arrested or are holding you, you can get free legal advice from a lawyer under the Police Detention Legal Assistance (PDLA) Scheme.
If you're enrolled to vote, you can be asked to be on a jury once every 2 years.
You need to apply to be excused from jury service.
You’ll be paid a small amount for each half-day you spend on jury service. You can also claim costs for transport and childcare.
New Zealand's 59 district courts deal with both criminal and civil matters. You can also pay fines at these courts.
Kids aged 12 to 16 who’ve been charged with a crime will go to a youth court. Youth courts are part of the District Courts.
If a child under 16 breaks the law, they can get legal help. What they’ll get depends on their age.
The High Court deals with the most serious cases and offences, and can impose higher sentences than other courts.
If you're asked to give evidence in court, you’ll have to swear to tell the truth and answer any questions the judge says you have to answer.
The Family Court is part of the District Court. It’s a place where New Zealanders can get help with family problems and ensure children’s interests are represented.
You can pay fines imposed by a court online. Infringements from Police (like speeding tickets) or local councils (like parking tickets) become court fines if you don’t pay them on time.
If you don't keep control of your dog, allow a dog into a restricted area or if you abuse or neglect an animal, you can be fined or sent to prison — and banned from owning dogs in the future.
You pay speeding tickets and Police infringement notices (eg for not wearing a seatbelt) directly to the Police.
If you’re convicted of a crime and sentenced to a jail term, or if you’re awaiting trial or sentencing without bail you’ll go to prison.
If you know someone serving a sentence, you can support them by visiting, phoning or writing to them.
Domestic violence can be physical, sexual or psychological — a protection order means an abuser can be arrested if they hurt, threaten or even approach you or your children.
Get help to find a lawyer and apply for a protection order to protect yourself and your children.
If you have a protection order against someone and decide to let them back into your life, you can suspend the non-contact parts of the order — but not the non-violence parts.
The Police will arrest anyone breaching a protection order. They’ll be charged in a criminal court, not the Family Court.
Contacts in your area for organisations that can help if you're dealing with family violence from the Family Services Directory.
Get help if you’re in an abusive relationship.
The Police can issue a safety order when they think someone is at risk of domestic violence. The Police don’t need the consent of the person at risk and the order can’t be appealed.
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