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Public hearing into the State response to civil redress and civil litigation claims

February 21, 2020 at 1:11 PM

From the NZFVC


23 March - 3 April 2020 (with additional reserve days, 6 & 7 April)


Commences 10am


The Environment Court, District Court Building, Level 5, 49 Ballance Street, Wellington and livestreamed at


Free. Members of the public welcome

The Royal Commission of Inquiry (“the Inquiry”) is investigating the response of the State and of Faith-based institutions to claims by survivors of abuse for redress. The Redress Investigation will have several public hearings throughout the duration of this Inquiry.

The first Redress public hearing into the Crown’s response to civil claims of abuse in State care will commence at 10:00am on Monday 23 March 2020

The public hearing is scheduled to continue until Friday 3 April, with reserve days on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 April 2020, if required.

Survivors with experience in redress processes will speak at the hearing as will lawyers who have dealt with government departments on behalf of claimants. Representatives from government departments including Health, Education, Social Development and Oranga Tamariki will give evidence. Crown Law and the Legal Services Commissioner will also give evidence. 

This public hearing is just one part of the Inquiry's investigation into redress. The way faith-based institutions have treated survivors' claims will also be investigated in detail. The redress team will carry out research, gather relevant (anonymised) information from survivors’ private sessions, consider evidence from public hearings, and hold roundtable meetings, workshops and hui.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the hearing and it will be live streamed on the Inquiry’s website:

Documents related to this hearing are available on the website.

Category: Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse