We have a unique role in protecting New Zealand’s constitution and upholding human rights. We:

  • administer parts of New Zealand’s constitution and promote the rule of law
  • uphold New Zealand’s human rights agreements
  • uphold and report on international human rights agreements.
  • Human rights

    Human rights recognise the dignity and worth of all people. Find out more about human rights in New Zealand & internationally.

  • Bill of Rights Act compliance reports

    The New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 (BORA) protects and promotes human rights and fundamental freedoms in New Zealand. We're responsible for scrutinising proposed legislation to look at whether it meets BORA requirements.

  • Regulatory Impact Statements

    When there's a proposal to create, change or repeal legislation or regulations, the government agency responsible often has to provide Cabinet with a regulatory impact statements (RIS).

  • Miscarriages of justice

    A miscarriage of justice could be applications for compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment, and applications for the exercise of the Royal prerogative of mercy.

  • Constitutional law

    New Zealand doesn't have a written down constitution. Instead it's drawn from a number of important statutes (laws), judicial decisions, and customary rules (constitutional conventions).

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