Cultural Reports and Sentencing (On Demand)

This On Demand was recorded on 29 March 2023.

Cultural or background reports under s 27 of the Sentencing Act 2002 are a mainstay of Aotearoa’s criminal justice system. Their use is widespread and increasing. Recent court decisions provide insights into their use and abuse. So how can lawyers do better in obtaining and utilising these integral reports?This On Demand will examine the history of s 27 reports and how their use has developed, analyse key case law culminating in the Court of Appeal’s 2020 decision in Carr and Anderson v R and then the Supreme Court’s 2022 decision in R v Berkland, provide an overview of the range of discounts applied by Courts in sentencing, and offer tips for lawyers for obtaining and using such reports when making submissions regarding discounts.

Who should view?

Criminal lawyers plus report writers and Corrections personnel.


CPD Hours: 1.50hr

Pricing Details

Ticket Price

Member - $150.00 GST

Non-Member - $210.00 GST