30 Apr 2011

Probation centre opponents consider appeal

7:42 am on 30 April 2011

A Christchurch group opposing a probation centre in its neighbourhood was to decide this weekend whether to take its battle to the Court of Appeal.

The High Court has dismissed Move Over Probation Incorporated's application for a judicial review, of the Department of Corrections' decision to build a probation centre in Opawa.

The group sought a review on the basis that the department did not consult the community before establishing the centre.

The department was granted consent by Christchurch City Council two years ago, but its application was not publicly notified.

The High Court found that while the department is required to consult on policies and practices, this does not extend to the location of facilities needed to carry out its duties.

A Christchurch group opposing a probation centre in its neighbourhood will decide this weekend whether to take its battle to the Court of Appeal.

The High Court has dismissed Move Over Probation Incorporated's application for a judicial review, of the Department of Corrections' decision to build a probation centre in Opawa.

The group sought a review on the basis that the department did not consult the community before establishing the centre.

The department was granted consent by Christchurch City Council two years ago, but its application was not publicly notified.

The High Court found that while the department is required to consult on policies and practices, this does not extend to the location of facilities needed to carry out its duties.