Low level offenders get chance to face up to peers rather than courts

Police now have the option to refer people who commit low-level offences to a panel of community members rather than to the courts, as the Nelson region joins a national initiative.

Tasman Police District in partnership with Māori health services provider, Te Piki Oranga, on Wednesday launched an initiative whereby people who commit an offence that incurs a penalty of less than six months in prison, such as wilful damage or certain driving offences, can appear before an iwi community panel instead of being charged.

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