Sentencing Amendment Act 2013

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Sentencing Amendment Act 2013

Public Act2013 No 32
Date of assent6 June 2013
Commencementsee section 2

The Parliament of New Zealand enacts as follows:

1 Title
  • This Act is the Sentencing Amendment Act 2013.

2 Commencement
  • This Act comes into force on 1 July 2013.

3 Principal Act
4 Section 81B amended (Procedure if offender convicted in District Court and court believes offender could be sentenced to life imprisonment)
  • In section 81B(2) (as inserted by section 5 of the Sentencing Amendment Act (No 2) 2011), replace endorse on the charging document a statement with make an entry in the permanent court record.

5 Section 90 amended (Procedure if offender convicted in District Court and court believes offender could be sentenced to preventive detention)
  • Replace section 90(2) (as amended by section 7 of the Sentencing Amendment Act (No 2) 2011) with:

    • (2) The court must transfer the offender to the High Court for sentence and make an entry in the permanent court record to the effect that the court has declined jurisdiction on the ground that it has reason to believe that the offender should be considered for a sentence of preventive detention.


Legislative history

8 May 2013Divided from Criminal Procedure Legislation Bill (Bill 74–2) by committee of the whole House as Bill 74–3H
30 May 2013Third reading
6 June 2013Royal assent

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.