Taylor v Attorney General

Press Release – New Zealand High Court

Taylor v Attorney General

In October 2016, management and officers at Auckland prison strip searched 209 prisoners, including Mr Taylor and Mr Smith.

The search was ordered after several prisoners assaulted officers using weapons. Mr Taylor and Mr Smith did not take part in the assault.

The High Court ruled that Corrections breached the Corrections Act 2004 by strip searching Mr Taylor and Mr Smith , and breached their right under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 to be secure against unreasonable search.

Corrections had no reasonable grounds to believe Mr Taylor or Mr Smith were in possession of weapons or other contraband. The Court awarded $1000 each in compensation
Full Decision Taylor v Attorney General

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