Achieving consistency in sentencing : moving to best practice

Mackenzie, Geraldine Isabel (2002) Achieving consistency in sentencing : moving to best practice. University of Queensland Law Journal, 22(1), pp. 74-90.

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Most research on developing sentencing decision support systems has focused upon providing ranges of possible sentences for judges. In this paper we investigate developing decision support systems for criminal law defenders. We use Toulmin’s theory of argumentation to build an argument based system which focuses upon explaining its reasoning. A criminal defense lawyer can spend considerable time on negotiating a plea. Thus our sentencing decision support system is being extended to support plea bargaining between Victoria Legal Aid and the Office of Public Prosecutions.

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ID Code: 18786
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0083-4041
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Deposited On: 16 Mar 2009 01:24
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2009 01:24

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