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A doctrine of parsimony needed
A doctrine of parsimony needed

 David Joseph 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Sentencing a ‘political weapon’
Sentencing a ‘political weapon’

 Law Institute Journal Dec 2016

Sentencing is a political point scoring issue that is often used as a weapon in the contest between political parties, Victorian Supreme Court judge Lex Lasry told the Criminal Law Congress in South Australia...

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The LIV view on mandatory sentencing and community based orders
The LIV view on mandatory sentencing and community based orders

 LIV President Steven Sapountsis Nov 2016

Recent renewed media headlines about governments needing to get even tougher on crime...

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Populist ‘tough on crime’ approach won’t ensure community safety
Populist ‘tough on crime’ approach won’t ensure community safety

 LIV Media Oct 2016

The LIV acknowledges the very real anxiety caused by the increase in serious crimes by a group of young offenders over...

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Sentencing (Community Correction Order) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2016
Sentencing (Community Correction Order) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2016

 LIV Submissions Oct 2016

The LIV has written to the Attorney General regarding the Sentencing (Community Correction Order) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2016 which...

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