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Sentencing guidelines council aims to boost public confidence
Sentencing guidelines council aims to boost public confidence

 Karin Derkley 14 Dec 2017

The state government is hoping a new sentencing guidelines council will boost public confidence in Victoria’s sentencing system...

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Parole system imperfect but risk of harm down
Parole system imperfect but risk of harm down

 Carolyn Ford 22 Nov 2017

Exposure to risk of harm from parolees has been further reduced in Victoria, the Adult Parole Board (APB) says in its 2016-17 annual report...

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Detention fails kids, Royal Commission finds
Detention fails kids, Royal Commission finds

 Karin Derkley 20 Nov 2017

Findings from the Northern Territory youth detention royal commission have implications right across the country, including Victoria where a new youth detention centre is currently in construction, say youth justice advocates...

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Matters for judgment
Matters for judgment

 Carolyn Ford 01 Nov 2017

Since Chief Magistrate Peter Lauritsen’s appointment in 2012 the remand population has grown dramatically and it’s not stopping. “A problem emerged in 2013 that I would never have imagined..."

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A doctrine of parsimony needed
A doctrine of parsimony needed

 David Joseph 02 Oct 2017

Some of those found guilty of sexual offences are almost automatically added to the sexual offences register. But perhaps they do not belong there... 

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Youth justice reforms undermine system
Youth justice reforms undermine system

 Law Institute Journal 01 Jul 2017

Measures introduced in recent youth justice reforms threaten to undermine the foundations of Victoria’s youth justice system, according to a letter to the Victorian state government...

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Swift, Certain and Fair approaches to sentencing family violence offenders
Swift, Certain and Fair approaches to sentencing family violence offenders

 Criminal Law Section 26 May 2017

The LIV welcomes the Sentencing Advisory Council's inquiry into the viability of a 'Swift, Certain and Fair' (SCF)...

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Lawyers fear youth crackdown
Lawyers fear youth crackdown

 Karin Derkley 01 Mar 2017

Youth advocates are alarmed by new tough on crime measures that ignore longer term declines in youth offending in Victoria. A year of violent youth crime, along with riots...

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Therapeutic justice the solution, not the cause of criminal activity
Therapeutic justice the solution, not the cause of criminal activity

 LIV Media 01 Feb 2017

The LIV is concerned about recent media commentary that suggests a therapeutic approach by magistrates and the judiciary is to blame for...

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Report shows criminal justice system more punitive
Report shows criminal justice system more punitive

 Law Institute of Victoria 01 Feb 2017

Jesuit Social Services inaugural States of Justice Report shows that numbers of offenders have remained relatively steady...

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Remembering Ronald Ryan
Remembering Ronald Ryan

 Kathy Laster 01 Feb 2017

Through his death, the last man executed in Australia provided the impetus for the end of the death penalty. It is the 50th anniversary of the execution of Ronald Ryan...

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Statistically speaking
Statistically speaking

 Catherine Jeffreys 01 Dec 2016

Being able to access accurate and up-to-date sentencing statistics benefits the legal profession. Since its inception in 2004, the Sentencing Advisory Council (SAC) has used a variety of ways to circulate sentencing...

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No ‘get out of jail free’ card
No ‘get out of jail free’ card

 Harry Venice 01 Dec 2016

The judgment of Boulton has provided a guideline for using CCOs in sentencing and is consistent with subsequent decisions of the Victorian Court of Appeal. Boulton v The Queen (Boulton)1 is a guideline...

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