New Zealand Child Sex Offender register goes live today

If a Child Sex Offende is sentenced to prison they will go on the record. Photo / File Photo
If a Child Sex Offende is sentenced to prison they will go on the record. Photo / File Photo

The register of child sex offenders will go live today.

Adults being sentenced for sex offences against children, will face the Judge not only on sentencing decisions, but also as to whether they should go on the register.

If they're sentenced to prison they will go on the record, and will have to provide ongoing reports on where they live, where they plan to travel, and where they're employed.

Crown and Defence lawyers will also have to submit on whether a child sex offender qualifies, even if they're not sentenced to prison, leaving it to the Judge's discretion as to whether their previous history qualifies them for the register.

Police say it's a tool for Police and Corrections staff to monitoring people who have offended, with the aim of preventing re-offending.

It's not a public register, and information is released at Police and Corrections' discretion.

- Newstalk ZB

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