Withdrawal of funding for Sentencing Reports raises concerns for New Zealand Bar Association | Ngā Ahorangi Motuhake o te Ture
The Government’s announcement that it intends to withdraw funding for sentencing reports, currently available under 27 of the Sentencing Act 2002, raises concerns for lawyers.
The Bar Association has released a press statement.
There are significant risks that it will make it harder for judges to impose appropriate sentences, undermine rehabilitation and adversely impact reoffending rates. These are not the outcomes that the government, the legal profession, or the public want, says Maria Dew KC, President of the New Zealand Bar Association | Ngā Ahorangi Motuhake o te Ture.