17 Jan 2009

NZ court judgements to be enforced in Australia

8:18 am on 17 January 2009

People hoping to escape fines and convictions by moving from New Zealand to Australia will soon find it harder to do so.

The New Zealand and Australian Governments have announced they are introducing laws to make resolving trans-Tasman legal disputes cheaper, more efficient and less complicated.

The Government says it will make a priority of implementing the Trans-Tasman Court Proceedings and Regulatory Enforcement Treaty which was signed in July last year.

The treaty includes a number of measures, such as expanding the range of court judgements that can be enforced in Australia and simplifying the process for doing so.

It also allows for certain fines imposed in one country to be enforced in the other.