Witnesses for the Crown, including the Solicitor-General on behalf of the Crown Law Office, will give evidence before the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry this month, on their processes for resolving historic and current abuse claims.

The second State Redress Hearing will begin on October 19 and run through until November 4. This follows on from the first State Redress Hearing held recently, which focussed on the experience of survivors in seeking redress (such as compensation, counselling, an apology etc) for abuse and/or neglect in the care of the State.

The Crown witnesses(external link) - which include representatives from the highest level at the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry of Justice and the Solicitor-General, will be responding to survivors’ evidence and outlining past and current Redress policies and processes.  

The Royal Commission’s Redress investigation also includes examining redress claims and processes for abuse and/or neglect in faith-based institutions. Details of the two Faith-based Redress public hearings will be announced shortly.

State Redress public hearing: Crown response

Monday 19 October to Tuesday 4 November - Auckland

Witnesses for the Crown will describe the policy and operation of redress processes that have been and currently are available, as well as responding to evidence given by survivors, their lawyers and advocates at the first Redress public hearing.  

In accordance with current Covid-19 alert levels, this hearing is open to the public. The Royal Commission will advise if this changes. It can also be watched via our website livestream(external link)

If you would like to report on a Royal Commission public hearing, you must adhere to our Media Guidelines(external link) which include applying to attend/report five business days before a public hearing.

Hearing location: Level 2, 414 Khyber Pass Road, Newmarket, Auckland 1023.

Media enquiries: 027 298 2094; media@abuseincare.org.nz

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