In the 2014 case of Tupu v Police NZHC 743 the appellant appealed against a decision declining her application for discharge without conviction for assault. The High Court of New Zealand held that a positive outcome resulting from a restorative justice conference was significant and should have played a stronger role in the sentencing judge’s assessment. The remorse following the conference ‘did much to ameliorate the gravity of the offending’ (para. 26). Accordingly, the appeal was allowed, and the appellant was discharged without conviction.

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