Principles of Sentencing

Principles of Sentencing


By (author) Geraldine MacKenzie, By (author) Nigel Stobbs, Assisted by Jodie O'Leary


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  • Publisher: Federation Press
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 240mm x 20mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Annandale, NSW
  • ISBN 10: 1862877580
  • ISBN 13: 9781862877580
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 274,647

Product description

Sentencing in all Australian jurisdictions is now largely governed by legislation which prescribes some basic guidelines and principles. At the same time, the High Court and the State appeal courts have been more active in developing a sentencing jurisprudence, effectively standardising many of the core principles of sentencing law. However, judges and magistrates retain a wide discretion in almost every case, and lawyers argue many different, often disparate and sometimes inherently complex, factors. The authors of this book burrow through the maze of developing sentencing law to isolate, explain and critique the principles which operate across and between jurisdictions. They identify the key themes, analyse examples from the different jurisdictions and examine the exercise of judicial discretion both in the scope of factors that may be taken into account and in the choice of sanctions.

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Table of contents

Introduction Sentencing Procedure General Principles Mitigating Factors The Sentencing of Juvenile Offenders Non-Custodial and Substitutional Sentencing Options Imprisonment Sentencing for Specific Offences Appeals against sentence Index