The Auckland Council Diversion Policy – One Year On

Digesting the Policy and Assessing Its Impact on Criminal Law

On 1 December 2022, Auckland Council’s Diversion Policy was implemented, bringing about crucial alterations in the way criminal cases can be handled. 

It’s essential for all criminal practitioners to fully comprehend this Policy and stay informed about it, as it has the potential to profoundly impact your clients’ outcomes by providing them with opportunities to avoid convictions.

Dog attack cases are the primary focus for the new policy, but the policy can apply to any other prosecution commenced by the Auckland Council including charges under the Resource Management Act, Building Act, or Food Act. The webinar will offer an initial evaluation of its implementation one year on, highlighting specific scenarios where it has empowered dog owners to avoid conviction, and in minor cases of attacks, avoid the issuance of destruction orders.

This webinar offers a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and practical guidance from an authoritative source within Auckland Council’s Prosecution Team.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enhance your understanding of Auckland Council’s Diversion Policy and its potential impact for your clients.  

Registrants are welcome to submit questions to the panelists prior to the webinar, by emailing <a href="mailto:”>

Who should Attend?

All professionals practising in criminal law.  

  • Discover how this groundbreaking Policy provides eligible offenders with an opportunity to avoid conviction while addressing their offending behaviours 
  • Learn about the balanced approach to addressing the needs of victims, offenders, and communities 
  • Learn how this innovative policy aims to reduce reoffending and achieve compliance 


John Kang
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John is a Principal Solicitor who leads the Prosecutions Team at Auckland Council. He manages a wide range of cases under the Dog Control Act, Food Act, Building Act, and Resource Management Act. Prior to joining Auckland Council, John built a diverse portfolio of experience in criminal and regulatory practice, including as a Crown Prosecutor with Meredith Connell in Auckland and Preston Russell in Invercargill, a Prosecutor with the New Zealand Police, and a Senior Solicitor with the Department of Internal Affairs in Wellington. During his weekends, John volunteers as an Honorary Fishery Officer with the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Steven Boon
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Steven Boon is a Prosecutor and the primary Diversion Officer at Auckland Council. Steven is responsible for the implementation of Auckland Council’s diversion policy, which involves developing and ensuring the consistent implementation of diversion procedures.

Before being employed by Auckland Council, Steven was a defence lawyer at the Auckland Public Defence Service. He represented persons in specialist courts, the District and High Court, and the Parole Board. 

He is familiar with the concerns and considerations of persons charged with criminal offences and works to ensure that Auckland Council’s diversion procedures meet prosecutorial considerations, while remaining fair to participants.



Jo Murdoch
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Jo is Assistant Public Defender at the Manukau PDS. She was formerly partner at Meredith Connell, senior lawyer at PDS Manukau and Wellington, Crown prosecutor at the Wellington Crown Solicitor's Office, and seconded to Crown Law Office. Jo started her legal career as clerk to former Chief Justice, Dame Sian Elias, and has worked for the then Solicitor-General David Collins (now the Honourable Justice Collins) and Cameron Mander as Deputy Solicitor-General (Criminal) (now the Honourable Justice Mander). Jo has always practised criminal law: as Crown prosecutor, defence counsel, researcher and lecturer at Auckland and Otago Law Schools.



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Ticket Price

Member: $95.00 GST

Non-Member: $135.00 GST


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