The art of balancing: Queensland judges and the sentencing process

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

ERA Journal ID35399
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AuthorMackenzie, Geraldine
Journal TitleAlternative Law Journal 
Journal Citation28 (6), pp. 288-291
Number of Pages5
Year2003
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISSN1037-969X
Web Address (URL)http://www.altlj.org/index.php?option=Articles&task=viewarticle&artid=19#6
Abstract

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.

Keywordssentencing; Australian legal practice; court practice; judges; Queensland Supreme Court; Queensland District Court
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480504. Legal institutions (incl. courts and justice systems)
440203. Courts and sentencing
480410. Legal theory, jurisprudence and legal interpretation
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Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
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