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Parliament Abolishes Partial Defence Of Provocation

Wellington, Nov 26 NZPA - The partial defence of provocation, which can be used to reduce murder to manslaughter, has been abolished. Parliament passed the repeal bill tonight by 116 votes to five, with only the ACT Party opposing it.

Law Society Wants Provocation To Stay

Wellington, Oct 20 NZPA - Despite a parliamentary committee recommending the partial defence of provocation should be abolished the Law Society wants it to stay.

MPs Committee Recommends Abolishing Provocation Defence

Wellington, Oct 19 NZPA - The partial defence of provocation should be abolished, a parliamentary committee recommended today.

Sophie Elliott's Mum Says Increased Victim Support A Good Start

Sophie Elliott's Mum Says Increased Victim Support A Good Start
By Sarah McDougall of NZPA Wellington, Oct 16 NZPA - The family of Sophie Elliott, who was brutally murdered last year, say new assistance for victims of serious crime and their families is a "good first step".

Labour Criticises Law Society View On Provocation

Labour Criticises Law Society View On Provocation
Wellington, Sept 15 NZPA - Labour is criticising the Law Society for saying the defence of provocation should be kept until something better is developed to replace it.

Committee Hears Submissions On Repealing Provocation Defence

By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, Sept 10 NZPA - The Law Society says the defence of provocation should be kept until something better is developed to replace it. But gay rights advocates say the defence is legalised gay bashing and should have been ditched years ago.

Bill To Abolish Provocation Defence Passes First Reading

Wellington, Aug 18 NZPA - The Government's bill to abolish the partial defence of provocation passed its first reading on a unanimous vote in Parliament tonight. The Law Commission has twice recommended abolition, first in 2001 and again in 2007.

Govt Brings In Bill To Abolish Provocation Defence

Govt Brings In Bill To Abolish Provocation Defence
Wellington, Aug 4 NZPA - The Government has introduced a bill to Parliament that will remove the partial defence of provocation from the statute books.

Govt To Scrap Defence Of Provocation

Wellington, Aug 3 NZPA - Accused killers will no longer be able to rely on the defence that they were provoked. The partial defence of provocation will be abolished, Prime Minister John Key announced this afternoon.

Govt Looking At Changing Treatment Of Sex Victims In Courts

Govt Looking At Changing Treatment Of Sex Victims In Courts
Wellington, July 24 NZPA - Sexual assault victims may no longer have to face gruelling court hearings and previous relationships can't be used against them, if changes Justice Minister Simon Power is considering go ahead.

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