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Permanent name supressions falling: Adams

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/04/2016
National MP, Amy Adams. © RNZ / Alexander Robertson National MP, Amy Adams.

The number of defendants gaining permanent name suppression has dropped significantly since the government tightened the rules.

Justice Minister Amy Adams says 640 people were granted it in 2011 and by mid-2015 that had fallen to 317.

The granting of interim name suppression has remained relatively static - 1232 in 2011 falling slightly to 1191.

The Criminal Procedure Act 2011 changed the way name suppression is granted.

A key change was raising the threshold for a defendant to gain suppression from "undue hardship" to "extreme hardship".

Ms Adams says the change was made because New Zealanders had made it clear they thought too many people were getting permanent name suppression.

"At the same time there are legitimate circumstances where a defendant's name needs to be suppressed, such as to protect the victims or ensure a fair trial," she said on Wednesday.

"The law as it is now framed appears to be striking a better balance."

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