Police appeal ruling that puts thousands of formal written warnings at risk

A Radio NZ article.

Police are appealing a High Court ruling that may call into question the legal basis for more than 20,000 formal written warnings issued over the last decade.

An organisation supporting children who have suffered sexual violence says the decision is putting the rights of offenders ahead of their victims.

Clinical psychologist Kathryn McPhillips, who heads HELP, the Auckland Sexual Abuse Help Foundation, said formal warnings had been a useful “work around” for police in cases where victims would not – or could not – press charges.

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