District Court interpretations of new Harmful Digital Communications Act offence

Savannah Post made this Official Information request to Ministry of Justice

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From: Savannah Post

Dear Ministry of Justice,

I am requesting copies of judgments and related documents issued by the District Court in relation to the new offence under the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015. I understand that at least four people have already been sentenced under the Act and that a number of others are in front of the courts at present.

My principal interest in these documents is to determine how judges have initially interpreted the meaning of "harm" as it is incorporated into the offence. I am currently completing my LLB(Hons) dissertation at the University of Auckland and my aim is to discuss local and international approaches to balancing the right to freedom of speech against the right of individuals to be free from harm.

I would appreciate any assistance you can offer in this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Savannah Post

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From: Paltridge, Antony
Ministry of Justice

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Dear Savannah


Please find attached a letter extending the time limit for your Official
Information Act request.








[1]Description: Description: Description: Antony Paltridge
Team Leader (Media and
External Relations) |
Communication Services
DDI: +64 4 918 8980





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Ministry of Justice

Hi Savannah,

your OIA response is ready -could you please provide us with an email address to send it to?

Kind regards,

Ministry of Justice | Tāhū o te Ture
DX Box SX10088 | Wellington

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From: Savannah Post

Dear Sophie,

My email address is [email address].

Yours sincerely,


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