New Zealand Parliament Pāremata Aotearoa

Public submissions are now being called for Rights for Victims of Insane Offenders Bill

The closing date for submissions will be determined at a later date

Have your say on rights for victims of insane offenders

This bill would change the process that a court must follow when the sanity of a defendant is in question. The key change would be that the question of whether the defendant committed the act would need to be considered and recorded, even where they are found to be insane at the time of the offending. This bill would also rename the verdict recorded by courts from ‘not guilty on account of insanity’ to ‘the acts or omissions are proven but the defendant is not criminally responsible on account of insanity’.

This bill would also allow certain victims of insane offenders to request documentation officially stating the offender is insane. These victims could then write to the Minister about whether the offender should be in detention. They could also write to the mental health Review Tribunal to request a review of the offender’s condition. This bill would also ensure that victims of legally insane offenders be notified if the offender leaves a secure health care facility unescorted. 

This bill is available online from the ‘Related links’ panel.

What do you need to know?

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Submissions are now being accepted