Decision support for criminal sentencing and plea bargaining

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Mackenzie, Geraldine, Vincent, Andrew and Zeleznikow, John. 2007. "Decision support for criminal sentencing and plea bargaining." Galves, F. (ed.) 5th IASTED International Conference on Law and Technology (LawTech 2007). Berkeley, United States 24 - 26 Sep 2007 Calgary, Canada.
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Decision support for criminal sentencing and plea bargaining

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsMackenzie, Geraldine (Author), Vincent, Andrew (Author) and Zeleznikow, John (Author)
EditorsGalves, F.
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 5th IASTED International Conference Law and Technology (LawTech 2007)
Number of Pages11
Year2007
Place of PublicationCalgary, Canada
ISBN9780889866775
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.iasted.org/conferences/cfp-587.html
Conference/Event5th IASTED International Conference on Law and Technology (LawTech 2007)
Event Details
5th IASTED International Conference on Law and Technology (LawTech 2007)
Event Date
24 to end of 26 Sep 2007
Event Location
Berkeley, United States
Abstract

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.

Keywordssentencing decision support systems; plea bargaining; online dispute resolution; discretion; Toulmin argumentation
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480506. Litigation, adjudication and dispute resolution
440299. Criminology not elsewhere classified
440203. Courts and sentencing
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Victoria University
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