S27 Reports For Appeal Against Sentence

A cultural report for an appeal against sentence aligns with getting a cultural report for sentencing - s 27 of the Sentencing Act 2002 is the legislative authority.  Again, this means that an offender may request court to hear person on personal, family, whānau, community, and cultural background of offender.  This information can be adduced on appeal - that means submitted to the Court as new evidence on appeal.

If you were sentenced without a cultural report, you may be able to appeal against your sentence and adduce new evidence (i.e. a cultural report).  You will need to seek legal advice about this. 

 

Appeal against sentence if you did not have a cultural report when you were sentenced

Depending on when you were sentenced, you may be able to appeal against your sentence and have a cultural report adduced on appeal.  You will need to seek legal advice about this, especially if a long time has passed since your sentencing.

Appeal against sentence if you did have a cultural report when you were sentenced

If you had a cultural report for sentencing, you may be able to appeal against your sentence if the end sentence was manifestly excessive and background factors contained in your cultural report were not properly considered.  You will need to seek legal advice about this.