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Most, but not all, of the crimes known to New Zealand law are listed in our Crimes Act 1961.

A number of other serious criminal activity is covered by specific Acts such as the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 and the Summary Offences Act 1981.

You can visit our Index sites under these specific headings by going to our Master Index or going to our specific alphabetical index under Criminal Law in the left hand column of our Home Page.

You will see by glancing through our index sites in the Master Index under Criminal Law, that you will find a fairly large number of topics dealing with criminal law matters and each of those index sites refer you to the full text of specific Acts of Parliament.

If you wish to increase your knowledge fully about criminal law then an excellent textbook to obtain is the Second Student Edition entitled Adams on Criminal Law 1998.

It is an excellent soft covered New Zealand text book on criminal law with a large number of skilled authors.  It covers the entire Crimes Act 1961, masses of evidence as well as the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act.

It is fairly expensive.  It usually retails for something in the region of $140 - $160 although you might be able to pick up a second-hand copy. University Bookshops stock the volume readily.

It is updated every four or five years but all the principles are generally the same.

It is truly an academic textbook but it has detailed commentary and caselaw following each of the specific sections of the Crimes Act and the true student of criminal law will find it very interesting.

However, you must always remember that it does not cover the subtleties and the practice and procedure of day to day appearances in the District Court through to serious charges such as murder in the High Court.

In all of our Index sites under Criminal Law we attempt to give you practical advice and tips about such matters particularly concerning how to represent yourself in a criminal Court.

NetLaw maintains that the information we give you can, at the very least,

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