"Some are in tears almost … some say they have rung every lawyer in town."
"My family is so very broken, and I'm the one functioning the best-and I'm not functioning well at all," she says.
If you're unhappy with a judge's behaviour, you can complain. But will anything be done?
A discharge without conviction can spare a person guilty of a crime years of struggle and stigma.
Last year, Māori were charged with 43 percent of crimes but only accounted for 17 percent of the interim and final name suppression granted.
Corinda Taylor, who lost her son to suicide, says overworked coroners are leaving families like hers at breaking point.
New Zealanders say they want more spent on supporting victims and rehabilitating offenders.
"We have innocent people in jail."