Documents related to the Royal Commission of Inquiry or sentencing

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Sentencing decision

Brenton Harrison Tarrant was sentenced at the High Court at Christchurch, New Zealand at a hearing which ran from Monday 24 August 2020 to Thursday 27 August 2020.

The sentencing notes of the presiding Judge, Justice Mander, are publicly available on the Courts of New Zealand website. For more information, see: 

Sentencing notes: Justice Mander(external link)

General information about the sentencing is available on the Courts of New Zealand website at:

Information for media: R v Tarrant(external link)

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Royal Commission of Inquiry report

A Royal Commission was established to investigate whether public sector agencies had done all they could to protect the people of New Zealand from terrorist attacks and whether more could be done.

The Royal Commission published the findings of its investigation in a report presented to the Governor-General on 26 November 2020. The report is available to read on the Royal Commission’s website at:

Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Mosques: The Report(external link)

General information about the Royal Commission of Inquiry is available on its website at:

Christchurch Attack: Royal Commission(external link)

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Memorandum of Counsel for B Tarrant

Brenton Tarrant has submitted a memorandum to the Chief Coroner Judge Marshall, via his legal counsel, about the coronial inquiry so far, and the scope hearing to be held in December 2021. 

The memorandum and Judge Marshall's response to it are available below:

Memorandum of Counsel for Brenton Tarrant: Issues into the Inquiry [PDF, 114 KB]

Response from the Chief Coroner [PDF, 196 KB] 

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