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Statutory Sentencing Discounts for Pleas of Guilty, Sentence Advisory Council Consultation Paper

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Bradfield, R, Statutory Sentencing Discounts for Pleas of Guilty, Sentence Advisory Council Consultation Paper, Tasmanian Attorney-General's Department, Tasmania, March (2018) [Contract Report]

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Abstract

In August 2017, the Acting Attorney-General and Acting for and on behalf of the Minister for Justice, the Hon Matthew Groom MP, requested that the Sentencing Advisory Council (the ‘Council’) examine and report on a statutory sentencing discount for pleas of guilty in Tasmania. This was a response to concerns in relation to delay in criminal proceedings and late-resolving guilty pleas, in particular the significant impact on the efficiency of the administration of justice and the court system and the unnecessary additional stress and trauma for victims, victims’ families and other vulnerable participants in the criminal trial process. The Government considered that the introduction of a statutory sentencing discount for pleas of guilty may have the potential to encourage appropriate pleas of guilty thereby reducing unnecessary delays and demands on the court system. However, the government noted that the introduction of a statutory discount for pleas of guilty required careful consideration so that unintended consequences that derogate from a defendant’s right to plead not guilty and receive proper advice of the case against him or her are not affected.

Item Details

Item Type:Contract Report
Keywords:sentencing advisory council, discounts for Pleas
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law
Research Field:Criminal Law and Procedure
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
Author:Bradfield, R (Dr Rebecca Bradfield)
ID Code:124140
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2018-02-08
Last Modified:2018-04-18
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