Ministry of Justice

Justice is the foundation of any democratic society and New Zealand has one of the most trusted public services in the world. At the Ministry of Justice, we work as one team to provide a great service to the public every day.

We lead the justice sector and our role is wide-ranging – we administer the courts, the legal aid system and the Public Defence Service. We provide policy advice to the government and advise on legislation relating to the courts, justice system and New Zealand’s constitution. We also negotiate settlement of historic Treaty of Waitangi claims for the Crown and administer the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act.


Our team of over 3000 work across the country and are passionate about making a difference for New Zealanders. They work for an organisation which values excellence and service and treats people with integrity and respect and they make a difference and change people’s lives.

When you join us you’ll play an important part in helping to keep our communities safe and ensuring our justice system is fair and credible. We work together to ensure a safe and just New Zealand.