For complainants in sexual and family violence cases, going to court to give evidence can be traumatic.
Judges can instead direct that complainants have their entire evidence video-recorded before the trial. The video is played at the trial, meaning the complainant does not need to go to court and face the defendant.
But in practice, this rarely happens.
The Law Commission is looking at why this is and whether it should be easier for complainants to pre-record their evidence.
It seems likely that a DNA profile will be an important piece of evidence in the Renee Duckmanton murder trial.
Interestingly, Police obtained the DNA sample of murder suspect Sainey Marong after a Judge issued a search warrant and went undercover as potential homebuyers at his flat’s open home. When there, went into his bedroom and took his comb and cap to get his DNA.
There are three pillars that have guided me through my role as a father, a politician, and now as a Minister; equality, fairness, and kindness. These values are what underpin the Sixth Labour Government, and what I believe are fundamental principles of our justice system.
A. The Act outlines rules for how New Zealand Police and some other government agencies (like the Department of Internal Affairs and Inland Revenue) conduct searches and surveillance when investigating and prosecuting offences and when monitoring compliance with the law.