Chapter 2
The core role of the Central Authority

Central Authority’s role in the Mutual Assistance Bill

2.7The Central Authority will continue to have a key gatekeeping role in relation to mutual assistance requests.25 It will continue to decide whether the criteria to assist have been met, and assess whether there are grounds that would require the requests to be refused.26 This role will ensure that New Zealand law enforcement mechanisms are only employed in accordance with New Zealand values, and the Central Authority will be accountable for the requests that are granted.
25Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters and for Recovery of Criminal Proceeds Bill [Mutual Assistance Bill], cl 6.
26Mutual Assistance Bill, cls 18–19.