The courts impose sentences on offenders and Corrections is responsible for overseeing these sentences.
Probation officers in court provide the judge, when requested, with as much information as possible about a person who has been convicted of an offence punishable by imprisonment.Learn more about Pre-sentence reports
Legal aid is available for people who can't afford a lawyer. People who get legal aid may have to repay part or all of their legal aid costs.Learn more about Legal aid
Remand is holding someone in custody while they wait for their trial or sentencing.Learn more about Remand
Understanding the court process
A criminal case begins when the police, or another prosecuting authority, accuse someone of breaking the law.Learn more about Understanding the court process
If someone you know is going through the court process, find out how you can support them.
Types of sentences
A sentence is a punishment given by a judge. A prison sentence is the most punitive sentence a judge can impose.Learn more about Types of sentences
Electronic Monitoring on Bail (EM bail)
EM bail is available for suitable defendants who would otherwise continue to be held in custody, in prison, while they wait for a court hearing.Learn more about Electronic Monitoring on Bail (EM bail)
Bail Support Services
This service can be accessed by defendants or their whānau in courts, prisons, and the community to support the application and maintenance of bail.Learn more about Bail Support Services