Simon James Power (born 5 December 1969) is a New Zealand politician. He is a prominent member of the National Party and a cabinet minister. He currently holds the posts of Minister of Justice, Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Minister of Commerce, Minister Responsible for the Law Commission and Associate Minister of Finance. He is also the Deputy Leader of the House. He had previously served as the National Party s chief whip, and as its justice and corrections spokesman. He has an office in Marton.
Power was educated in Palmerston North, attending St. Peter s College. He was prominent in the life of St. Peter s, captaining two senior sports teams and chairing the School Council. He later studied at Victoria University in Wellington, gaining first a Bachelor of ...
Justice Minister Simon Power has raised the white flag on his controversial criminal justice reforms, committing to preserving the right to silence and substantially watering down other aspects to pass the bill with cross-party support.
The concessions - which include compromises with the Labour Party on the rules around jury trials, having a trial proceed in the absence of the accused, and the ability of the court to impose fines - follow a week of intense and fast-moving negotiations with several parties.The proposed changes include:
*Dropping the pre-trial disclosure regime - described ...
Justice Minister Simon Power is going to bring a bill to parliament with more measures to help clear the court case backlog. Powelsaid yesterday they included raising the threshold needed for a jury trial, requiring counsel to attempt to resolve cases before going to a hearing, and requiring the defence to identify disputed issues so the court could focus on them at trial.Power told the Sensible Sentencing Trust conference 18-month delays in cases going to trial were unacceptable and were "drawing out what is an already painful experience for victims and their families".He has already ...
Speech: Simon Power - Speech To New Zealand Institute Of Liquor Licensing Inspectors Conference
Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today.I'd particularly like to acknowledge Institute President Murray Clearwater.I'm very keen to hear your views on the Government's alcohol reform package, so instead of delivering a formal speech I'll make a few relatively brief remarks and then take your questions.When I spoke to last year's conference, I had just received a copy of the Law Commission's discussion document 'Alcohol in Our Lives'.A year on, I'm pleased to say the Government has ...
Media Release: Proposals to tackle unaffordable growth in legal aid
Cabinet has agreed on a package of proposals to get the legal aid cost growth curve back under control, while ensuring access to justice for those who need it, Justice Minister Simon Power announced today. “We cannot continue to ignore the substantial cost pressures the system is facing, particularly at a time when New Zealand [...]
One more good reason why Mary Wilson should be hosting ‘Morning Report’ (and Simon Power should avoid Mary Wilson)
In this Radio New Zealand interview, broadcast on last night’s Checkpoint, New Zealand’s most consistently effective current-affairs interviewer, Mary Wilson, makes mincemeat of Justice Minister Simon Power’s unconvincing apologia for the government’s half-hearted, half-baked approach to solving New Zealand’s booze crisis. It’s great stuff. Look for Power’s warning that next Thursday might not happen.