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Crimes Act 1961

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The laws of New Zealand which set out our crimes and offences are scattered over a number of Acts of Parliament.

All crimes are set out on the Crimes Act 1961.

However, some of the most serious criminal offending in New Zealand relate to drug offences yet those offences,  while still referred to generally as "crimes", are set out in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975.

We provide you with a direct link to the Crimes Act 1961 . . . .

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