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Warner, K (2007) Sentencing Review 2006-2007. Criminal Law Journal, 31 (6). pp. 359-368. ISSN 0314-1160

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Abstract

Confidence in the courts and how to address the populist view that judges are out of touch and
sentences are too lenient has become a concern for the judiciary, Sentencing Councils, law reform
bodies and academics for some years – even capturing some media attention.1 Attempts have been
made to better inform the public about sentencing, to develop new ways of ascertaining public opinion
on sentencing issues and to explore ways in which judges can consult with members of the public. The
first part of this year’s review will discuss attempts to educate the public about crime and sentencing
issues and to explore the claim that judges should be more responsive to public views on these
matters. In the second part, the trend to use driving sanctions for fine default is examined, followed by
a discussion of the Visy-Amcor cartel case. These seemingly unrelated matters both raise issues about
equality of the impact of financial penalties.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Criminal Law Journal
Publisher: Lawbook Co
Page Range: pp. 359-368
ISSN: 0314-1160
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:37
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 22:29
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