1.25It is important to acknowledge at the outset that civil pecuniary penalties have featured in legislation for a number of years, are viewed as playing a valuable role in regulatory law and have been embraced by regulators. The regulated communities they touch have voiced little concern about them.
1.26The Law Commission acknowledges that civil pecuniary penalties have a role to play in our justice system. Our task, then, is not to question whether they should exist at all in New Zealand. Rather, in this Issues Paper we describe their current use, ask questions and make suggestions about their future role and design. We intend to release a final report with recommendations about civil pecuniary penalties in the middle of 2013.