The strip-searches of two high-profile prisoners at an Auckland prison was unlawful, the High Court has ruled.
Career criminal Arthur Taylor and convicted murderer and child sex offender Phillip John Smith were among 209 prisoners strip-searched at Paremoremo in October 2016.
The strip search was prompted by an attack on two officers by four maximum-security inmates.
Taylor and Smith took the Department of Corrections to the High Court in March, alleging the searches were unlawful.
In a decision released today, Justice Peters said the strip searches breached the New Zealand Bill of Rights.
She ordered Corrections to pay Taylor and Smith $1000 each in compensation.