Sentencing Council reinstated in Queensland

Published Wednesday, 25 May, 2016 at 06:58 AM

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

State Parliament has today passed the Palaszczuk Government’s legislation re-establishing the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council.

“Public confidence in the administration of justice is vital so it’s important to promote understanding of our criminal justice system and the sentencing process,” Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said.

“Sentencing is a complex process which requires members of our judiciary to balance competing interests such as punishment, deterrence and protecting the community with the rehabilitation of the offender” Mrs D’Ath said.

“The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council will help explain sentencing to the wider community and seek Queenslanders’ views on sentencing related matters.

“It is anticipated the Council will also collate statistical information about sentencing and research the effectiveness of the various sentencing orders and practices in reducing crime. This will provide a valuable source of information for the government, the judiciary and the community.

Mrs D’Ath said the Council could also be asked by the Court of Appeal to give input when the Court was considering or reviewing guideline judgments, which provide guidance to lower courts about important sentencing matters.

“The Attorney-General can also seek the Council’s advice on matters relating to sentencing” she said.

Reinstating the Council will mean representation of a wide cross-section of views on the justice system, Mrs D’Ath said.

“Expressions of interest will be called for individuals to join the council – information about the application process will be available on the website of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General in the near future,” she said.

“Individuals with relevant experience or expertise in areas such as law enforcement, crime prevention, criminal law, youth justice, corrective services, justice issues relating to victims of crime, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or domestic and family violence are encouraged to apply and bring their valuable knowledge to the table to inform sentencing practice in Queensland.”

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