Achieving consistency in sentencing: moving to best practice

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

ERA Journal ID33967
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AuthorMackenzie, Geraldine
Journal TitleUniversity of Queensland Law Journal
Journal Citation22 (1), pp. 74-90
Number of Pages17
Year2002
PublisherThe University of Queensland Press
Place of PublicationBrisbane, Australia
ISSN0083-4041
Web Address (URL)http://www.law.uq.edu.au/uqlj/
Abstract

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.

Keywordssentencing; consistency
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480505. Legal practice, lawyering and the legal profession
480504. Legal institutions (incl. courts and justice systems)
440203. Courts and sentencing
Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
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