More police, greater support for victims of crime, extra funding for rehabilitation services offenders with mental health and addiction issues, and a new Tauranga courthouse, including a criminal High Court registry.

This is just a few of the wishes which will mean an improved criminal justice system, according to some locals working in the justice sector.

Senior barrister Rita Nabney, the Tauranga representative on the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Law Society, said she was concerned about the growing numbers of people appearing before the courts with serious mental health issues.

"It's a massive drain on our criminal justice system, including a