Sentencing review 2015-2016


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The first part of this review considers the evolution and recent activities of sentencing councils across Australia. [6] As the discussion below highlights, there are established and active councils in New South Wales (NSW), Tasmania and, especially, Victoria, while the South Australian council is less active. The existence of the Queensland Council has been somewhat at the whim of the government of the day, having been established under the Bligh Labor Government, abolished by the Newman Liberal National Government and recently reinstated by the Labor Palaszczuk Government. The only jurisdictions without sentencing councils are the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Northern Territory (NT) and Western Australia, although the latter is the only jurisdiction where there does not appear to have been any consideration of the possible introduction of a body of this nature. The second part of this review focuses on another form of institutional response, namely Royal Commissions. There are currently two Royal Commissions appointed by the Australian Government, both of which relate to the criminal justice system and have particular implications for sentencing. The second part of this review examines the relevant work to date of the Royal Commission into
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-347
Number of pages23
JournalCriminal Law Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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