Source: (2006) District Court at Auckland. CRN: 2004502435, 5003402436. Reprinted on Restorative Justice Online.
These sentencing notes discuss the elements of an environmental case in which a property developer was accused of removing a tree from his property that was protected by local ordinance and considered important by community members. In his sentencing notes, Judge McElrea outlines the process of encounter between the defendant and community members, the public expression of apology and desire to make things right, and the agreement developed to respond to the offense.