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The Australian national jury sex offence sentencing study


Warner, K, The Australian national jury sex offence sentencing study, The Judicial Review: Selected Papers, 11 pp. 459-480. ISSN 1038-8559 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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The purpose of this article is to inform the judiciary and the legal community generally about a national study commencing in early 2014 which will involve the higher courts in all States and Territories. The study will explore the views of jurors about the sentencing of sex offenders as to the appropriateness of the sentence imposed in the actual case as well as jurorsí more general views about sentencing. The study builds on the findings of ground-breaking research undertaken in Tasmania (and subsequently extended to Victoria) which used an innovative method of ascertaining public opinion about sentencing. According to these findings, jurorsí opinions about sentencing are not as punitive as public opinion polls would suggest and it appears that specific knowledge of a case may moderate harsher views about sentencing.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Courts and sentencing
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law enforcement
UTAS Author:Warner, K (Professor Kate Warner)
ID Code:91483
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2014-05-20
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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