University of Technology Sydney

78030 Criminal Sentencing Law

Requisite(s): ((70218 Criminal Law OR 70114 Criminal Law and Procedure)) OR ((94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law)
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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, the drug court, preventative detention, alternatives to traditional approaches to sentencing and the sentencing of Indigenous and juvenile offenders.

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