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78030 Criminal Sentencing Law

6cp
Requisite(s): 70218 Criminal Law OR 70114 Criminal Law and Procedure
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

The law of sentencing is a critical aspect of the criminal justice system, given that most matters go uncontested and result in a guilty plea. Sentencing law is also one of the most interesting aspects of criminal law and procedure. Students begin this subject with a brief revision of how the criminal justice system operates. Sentencing in the Local, District and Supreme Courts is then explored with a focus on how the law is applied in practice and what is expected of lawyers, prosecutors and judges during the sentencing process. Students consider the purposes of sentencing and factors that the court may consider when exercising its discretion in the sentencing exercise. Students also examine a number of specific topics such as mandatory sentencing, on-the-spot fines, preventative detention, alternatives to traditional approaches to sentencing and the sentencing of Indigenous and juvenile offenders.


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