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Public judgement on sentencing: Final results from the Tasmanian Jury Sentencing Study


Warner, K and Davis, J and Walter, M and Bradfield, R and Vermey, R, Public judgement on sentencing: Final results from the Tasmanian Jury Sentencing Study, Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, (407) pp. 1-6. ISSN 1836-2206 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Public opinion surveys conducted worldwide over the last four decades have consistently found that between 70 and 80 percent of respondents believe that sentences are too lenient (Gelb 2006). Responding to research suggesting that judges are out of touch with public opinion, Chief Justice Gleeson of the High Court of Australia suggested that, instead of surveying uninformed members of the public, it might be more useful if jurorsóas more informed representatives of the publicówere asked about the sentences in the particular cases they have deliberated on (Gleeson 2005). The Tasmanian Jury Sentencing Study, which surveyed 698 jurors from 138 trials between September 2007 and October 2009, was inspired by this suggestion.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Public law
Research Field:Public law not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Warner, K (Professor Kate Warner)
UTAS Author:Walter, M (Professor Maggie Walter)
UTAS Author:Bradfield, R (Dr Rebecca Bradfield)
UTAS Author:Vermey, R (Ms Rachel Vermey)
ID Code:74268
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2011-11-17
Last Modified:2017-10-11
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