This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Official Information request 'Policies on legal representation and prison misconduct hearings'.

27 April 2021 
Alastair Jamieson-Lane 
[FYI request #14771 email] 
Tēnā koe Alastair   
Thank you for your email of 25 February 2021, requesting information about 
custodial disciplinary hearings. Your request has been considered under the Official 
Information Act 1982 (OIA). 
You requested: 
1) How many misconduct hearings were conducted within the New Zealand 
corrections department between January 1st 2020, and the end of December 
2020? (If information is more easily collated for some other recent 12 month 
period, any 12 month time window in the past 3 years will do.) 
2) If possible, in how many of these cases did the prisoner contact their legal 
advisor for the purposes of preparing their defence? 
3) In how many of these cases did the prisoner apply to have a legal adviser 
represent them at the disciplinary or appeal hearing? 
4) Of these requests, how many were granted, and subsequently led to 
representation during the hearing/appeal? How many were declined? 
5) Does there exists some form of Timetable/calender determining when 
Visiting Justices will be available to administer hearings, and if so, how far in 
advance is such a timetable scheduled? If such policies vary from prison to 
prison, for the sake of concreteness, what policies apply in Christchurch 
Men's prison.  
(Note: exact lengths of time are not necessary for this question, I am primarily 
interest in whether the schedule is planned months, weeks, days or hours in 
6) In what manner, are the times/dates and locations of hearings 
communicated to prisoners? When/how are they communicated to a prisoners 
legal representative? 


I am providing you notice that we have decided to release this information to you 
however, it will take us some more time to prepare the information for release. We 
will send you the information as soon as possible.  
I trust the notice of this decision is of assistance. Should you have concerns with this 
response, I encourage you to raise them with Corrections. Alternatively, you are 
advised of your right to also raise any concerns with the Office of the Ombudsman. 
Contact details are: Office of the Ombudsman,  
PO Box 10152, Wellington 6143.  
Ngā mihi  
Robert Jones 
Manager Ministerial Services 
People and Capability