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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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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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Sentencing a ‘political weapon’
Sentencing a ‘political weapon’

 Law Institute Journal 01 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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Populist ‘tough on crime’ approach won’t ensure community safety
Populist ‘tough on crime’ approach won’t ensure community safety

 LIV Media 21 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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New carjacking sentences
New carjacking sentences "out of kilter"

 Law Institute Journal 01 Oct 2016

The LIV has expressed concern that legislation introduced by the state government to create statutory minimum sentences for aggravated carjacking and aggravated home invasion constitutes a form of mandatory sentencing...

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Sentencing study backs judges
Sentencing study backs judges

 Law Institute Journal 01 Jul 2016

Sentences are appropriate, judges are in touch with public opinion and portrayals of a punitive public are misleading. These are the key findings of a new study, the second in recent years showing that the popular perception...

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Law Institute welcomes abolition of baseline sentencing
Law Institute welcomes abolition of baseline sentencing

 LIV Media 10 Jun 2016

The LIV welcomes the abolition of baseline sentencing by the Victorian government. We note that a new ‘standard sentence scheme’ will be...

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Chief Crown Prosecutor on CCOs
Chief Crown Prosecutor on CCOs

 Law Institute Journal 01 Apr 2016

Chief Crown Prosecutor Gavin Silbert QC has been reported saying community corrections orders (CCOs), introduced by the previous state government to replace suspended sentences, don’t work and immediate law reform...

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Baseline sentencing legislation should be repealed
Baseline sentencing legislation should be repealed

 Steven Sapountsis 09 Feb 2016

Victoria’s baseline sentencing legislation should be repealed and any moves towards mandatory sentencing rejected, according to the Law Institute...

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