G, JJ v Police [2012] SASCFC 139 (20 December 2012)

In the 2012 case of G, JJ v Police SASCFC 139 the Supreme Court of South Australia did not consider the matter of aggravated driving causing injury appropriate for referral to a family conference. The court found that the defendant had already taken significant steps towards restorative justice by meeting with the victims and their families. Therefore, a family conference was not seen to hold further utility than what had already occurred (para. 30).

McMillan v Police [2014] NZHC 150 (13 February 2014)

In the 2014 case of McMillan v Police NZHC 150 the High Court of New Zealand held that the sentencing judge’s allowance for participation in restorative justice was too low ‘in the context of the appellant’s very evident remorse, his offer of substantial reparation and the views of those victims who had commented directly on the issue of imprisonment’ (para. 60). An allowance of 20 per cent was considered appropriate (para. 61). 

Police v Paki [2014] NZHC 3112 (5 December 2014)

In the 2014 case of Police v Paki NZHC 3112 the appellant was discharged without conviction on two charges of burglary and one of theft. He was also convicted and discharged on a drink driving offence. This lenient sentence resulted from an extremely positive restorative justice report where the High Court of New Zealand held that the appellant had done everything possible to ‘put things right’ (para. 2). This included an apology to the victims, presentation of a piece of art, completion of activities with local community groups, and genuine remorse (para. 30).