Justice Sector ($606.1 million operating total and $169.7 million total capital)
Budget 2020 provides funding to support a safe and equitable justice sector. It invests in community safety through maintaining infrastructure for courts, technology, inflationary pressures and investment in organisational change. It also provides funding to enable continued access to justice services, such as funding for legal aid, community law centres and the Canterbury Earthquakes Insurance Tribunal. Additionally, it provides funding for critical Crown entities, including ongoing operational funding for the newly established Criminal Cases Review Commission.
Key initiatives in this area include:
- Next Generation Critical Communications ($47.8 million operating total). This initiative will invest in replacing communications capabilities for Police, Fire and Ambulance to support healthier, safer and more connected communities.
- Justice Property Health and Safety Remediation ($36.9 million operating total and $163.5 million total capital). The initiative will invest in upgrading court buildings around New Zealand to meet health and safety requirements and improve the experience of attending court, including for victims.
- Maintaining a Safe Prison Network ($110.4 million operating total). This initiative provides funding to address operational cost and inflationary pressures and will fund training for Corrections staff working in prisons. This will support the safety and security of both staff and prisoners.