The Register of Pecuniary Interests of Judges Bill passed its first reading tonight with support from across the House.
"I am pleased that our Bill received unanimous support and that the Government is taking this issue seriously," said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.
The Bill would require judges to make an annual return of their pecuniary interests to the Judicial Conduct Commissioner, which would be made publicly available.
"The main aim of the Bill is the promotion of judicial integrity in New Zealand through the protection of judges against conflicts of interest.
"The Bill will help to remove the burden on the judiciary of determining whether a conflict of interest exists.
"It is another example of the Green Party's commitment to openness and transparency.
"Open and honest government is the cornerstone of our democracy and transparency for the judiciary is an important part of this.
"We look forward to working in a constructive spirit with those in the Select Committee."
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