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Taunoa v Attorney-General

Supreme Court
Taunoa v Attorney-General
Supreme Court 
  • 31 August 2007
  • [2007] NZSC 70, [2008] 1 NZLR 429, (2007) 9 HRNZ 104, [2007] 5 LRC 680

Prisoners rights case attempting to improve the victories in the High Court and the Court of Appeal finding a breach of section 9 and section 23(5) of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act and awarding compensation for being held in the Behavioural Management Regime at Auckland Prison. Whilst the case was mostly unsuccessful in the Supreme Court in that compensation was reduced, it is notable for the Chief Justices’ dissenting judgement which is a masterpiece of articulation of International Human Rights.

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