The reach of the criminal law has grown considerably since the 1970s, and regulatory prosecutions and enforcement actions have increased, often with severe penalties. There are now more business, securities and fraud prosecutions, together with prosecutions by regulators such as the Commerce Commission, Ministry of Health, Accident Compensation Corporation, Inland Revenue Department and Civil Aviation Authority, as well as health and safety, immigration and environmental prosecutions.
The Serious Fraud Office and Financial Markets Authority are both active, together with the Organised and Financial Crime Agency. Criminal procedure has also become more complex. Police and other agencies have greater powers of search under the Search and Surveillance Act 2012. The Bill of Rights Act 1990 and Evidence Act 2006 have transformed the law of evidence.
There is often an international element to many criminal prosecutions, including extradition, cross-border criminal allegations, and cases involving the internet. Our members are experienced in all these areas. Our barristers include some of New Zealand’s leading experts in criminal procedure and complex criminal prosecution and defence. They can assist with advice, representation and advocacy at all stages of the process and in all courts.