The art of balancing: Queensland judges and the sentencing process

Mackenzie, Geraldine (2003) The art of balancing: Queensland judges and the sentencing process. Alternative Law Journal, 28 (6). pp. 288-291. ISSN 1037-969X


It is almost trite to say that sentencing offenders is difficult and complex. Yet of all of the judicial functions undertaken by the courts, it is sentencing which has become an almost thankless task, with the judiciary singled out for frequent negative criticism by the media.
What judges think about sentencing and how they go about it is not normally known, as judges are not in the position where they can give interviews, or further explain their decisions. This article gives an overview of an interview-based study of 31 judges of the Supreme and
District Courts in Queensland that sheds light on how judges sentence offenders.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Awaiting copyright advice.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Law
Date Deposited: 24 May 2009 12:49
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2013 01:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: sentencing; Australian legal practice; court practice; judges; Queensland Supreme Court; Queensland District Court
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180120 Legal Institutions (incl. Courts and Justice Systems)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160203 Courts and Sentencing
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180122 Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940406 Legal Processes

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