Australian Sentencing

Australian Sentencing : Principles and Practice

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Australian Sentencing: Principles and Practice, first published in 2007, explains the rules, principles, policies and practices that underpin the manner in which people are punished for criminal behaviour in Australia. As well as dealing with sentencing law today, the book provides an extensive analysis of the wider policy, moral, and political consideration which shape sentencing law. It analyses and evaluates existing standards and practices, and suggests how sentencing law should be reformed so that it operates in a fairer, more efficient and effective manner. It is an invaluable text for judicial officers, lawyers, academics and students, and is the only book that examines sentencing law across all Australian jurisdictions.show more

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About Richard Edney

Richard Edney is a Senior Lecturer at the Deakin Law School. Mirko Bagaric is a Professor of Law at Deakin University.show more

Table of contents

Part I: 1. The nature of sentencing and theories of punishment; 2. Plucking figures from the air: the instinctive synthesis; 3. The objectives that are attainable through sentencing; 4. High Court sentencing jurisprudence; Part II: 5. The principle of proportionality; 6. Aggravating factors; 7. Mitigating considerations; 8. The relevance of a guilty plea to sentence; 9. The relevance of prior criminality; 10. Aboriginality; Part III: 11. The nature of criminal sanctions; 12. Imprisonment; 13. Intermediate sanctions; 14. Discharges and bonds, fines and disqualifications; Part IV: 15. The way forward - strategic sentencing.show more