Achieving consistency in sentencing: moving to best practice

Mackenzie, Geraldine (2002) Achieving consistency in sentencing: moving to best practice. University of Queensland Law Journal, 22 (1). pp. 74-90. ISSN 0083-4041


This article examines firstly consistency as a central sentencing imperative. It then addresses methods adopted in various jurisdictions for the regulation of judicial discretion in sentencing, namely computerised information retrieval systems, sentencing grids, mandatory sentencing and guidelines judgments. The usefulness of these strategies in achieving consistency is then discussed in the context of the Queensland sentencing system, and conclusions drawn on the utility of adopting these approaches in gaining greater
uniformity and fairness in sentencing.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Law
Date Deposited: 22 May 2009 10:20
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2013 01:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: sentencing; consistency
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180121 Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession
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
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940406 Legal Processes

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