Australia’s Leading Sentencing Expert Invites You to ‘Be the Judge’

Media Release

For immediate release, Wednesday 8 May 2019

Australia’s foremost expert on sentencing law, Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg AM, will deliver a free public presentation on sentencing on Saturday 18 May 2019 as part of Law Week.

Participants in the session will learn how courts make sentencing decisions. Professor Freiberg will describe the (anonymised) details of a real offender and their offence, and outline key requirements under Victorian sentencing law. Audience members will then be invited to choose a sentence. Finally, the sentence in the actual case will be revealed.

‘It’s sometimes easy to criticise the work that magistrates and judges do in deciding what should happen to people who have broken the law’, Professor Freiberg said. ‘It’s less easy to say what a better sentence would be, and why’.

‘These ”You be the Judge” sessions are an engaging introduction for non-legal community members to this fascinating topic. For 90 minutes, people can put themselves in a judge’s shoes, and think about the law, about the offender and what they did, and try to find a sentence that is just in all the circumstances’, he said.

When: Saturday 18 May 2019, 10:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Council Rooms, Level 3, 333 Queen Street (corner of La Trobe Street), Melbourne VIC 3000

RSVP: Reservations are recommended:

Tea and coffee will be provided.

Access: Participants are asked to let us know in advance if they have any special access needs for the event.