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