Judges' attitudes and perceptions toward the sentencing process

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Mackenzie, Geraldine. 2006. "Judges' attitudes and perceptions toward the sentencing process." Sentencing: Principles, Perspectives and Possibilities (National Judicial College of Australia and ANU) (2006). Canberra, Australia 10 - 12 Feb 2006 Canberra, Australia.
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Judges' attitudes and perceptions toward the sentencing process

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AuthorMackenzie, Geraldine
Number of Pages10
Year2006
Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://njca.anu.edu.au/Professional%20Development/programs%20by%20year/2006/Sentencing%20Conference/Sen%20conf%20papers%202006/Mackenzie.pdf
Conference/EventSentencing: Principles, Perspectives and Possibilities (National Judicial College of Australia and ANU) (2006)
Event Details
Sentencing: Principles, Perspectives and Possibilities (National Judicial College of Australia and ANU) (2006)
Event Date
10 to end of 12 Feb 2006
Event Location
Canberra, Australia
Abstract

Research into judicial attitudes and perceptions of sentencing is rare, and there are difficulties with permissions and access which discourage potential investigators. Because of this, there are virtually no precedents for this type of research.
My interview based research involved Queensland judges, not only because I had practised and worked in that jurisdiction since the early 1980s, but also because
Queensland adopted the model of the Victorian Sentencing Act and had not been previously studied.

The research was ultimately published in a book by Federation Press, How Judges Sentence, 2005. When I was asked to speak on this topic today, I decided to highlight some interesting features of the research, and in particular to include some of the discussion by the judges which did not appear in the book, mainly for reasons of space.
This paper therefore provides some thought provoking issues regarding judges and their interactions with the sentencing process, largely in their own words.

Keywordsjudicial sentencing; judges; Queensland Supreme Court; Queensland District Court; sentencing attitudes
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480505. Legal practice, lawyering and the legal profession
440203. Courts and sentencing
480410. Legal theory, jurisprudence and legal interpretation
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Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
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