The Sentencing Advisory Council produces a range of resources for teachers to use for secondary and tertiary study in Victoria.
A Quick Guide to Sentencing
Now in its sixth edition, A Quick Guide to Sentencing explains the where, when, what and how of sentencing in Victoria, providing teachers and students with a plain-language overview of Victorian sentencing law.
The Sentencing Advisory Council has prepared a teachers' kit based on cases of burglary, culpable driving causing death, and cultivation of a commercial quantity of a narcotic plant.
Mapped against the VCE Legal Studies curriculum, the kit provides the material that Years 11 and 12 teachers need to deliver engaging You be the Judge classes where students identify, consider, discuss and apply the principles of sentencing. Students can then compare their sentences to the sentence that the real-life judge imposed.
The kit includes three case studies, a teacher guide and slide shows with notes and suggested student activities. The kit was updated in November 2021 to provide information on applicable sentencing schemes and refresh the sentencing statistics.
You can download the You be the Judge Years 11 and 12 Teachers' Kit from our website.
Our brochures on sentencing explain how courts deal with adult and child offenders. We've also prepared a plain-language version of our brochure on child offenders especially for young people.