The art of balancing : Queensland judges and the sentencing process

Mackenzie, Geraldine Isabel (2003) The art of balancing : Queensland judges and the sentencing process. Alternative Law Journal, 28(6), pp. 288-292.

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This article gives an overview of an interview-based study of judges of the Queensland Supreme and District Courts, and examines judicial methodology, perceptions and attitudes toward the sentencing process. It reveals that judges see sentencing as a balancing of the relevant factors in every case, including aims and purposes, relevant sentencing principles and the interests of the offender, the victim and the community. Judicial discretion is seen to be of critical importance. The study gives a valuable insight into sentencing methodology, thereby providing a greater understanding of the process itself.

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ID Code: 18688
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1037-969X
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2009 05:10
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2009 05:10

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