Victorians Invited to Experience How Courts Sentence Crime in the Council’s First Ever Online You be the Judge Session

Media Release

For immediate release, Monday 27 April 2020

The Sentencing Advisory Council’s popular You be the Judge educational session will be delivered online via Zoom for Law Week 2020.

Participants in this session will assume the role of a judge sentencing a real-life case of culpable driving causing death. You will hear from the offender and the victim, find out about sentencing law and then sentence the offender. Finally, you will find out the sentence that was imposed by the judge in the real-life case.

The 90-minute session will be interactive and feature questions and discussion. You’ll make the tough decision about what sentence to impose on a real (de-identified) offender for a real crime.

While the session deals with a serious offence, the content is not explicit.  The subject matter and level of legal detail make it ideal for adults as well as students from Year 9 and above.

Details on how to book a place in the session can be found on our Law Week 2020 booking form. Spaces are limited.

When: Saturday 23 May 2020, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (90 minutes)

Cost: Free

Quotes Attributable to Council Chair Professor Arie Freiberg

‘It’s sometimes easy to criticise the work of magistrates and judges when they decide what should happen to people who have broken the law. It’s harder to say what a better sentence would have been, and why.

‘These You be the Judge sessions provide an engaging way for people to have a brief immersion in the fascinating work of the courts. The session allows community members to put themselves in a judge’s shoes, to think about the offender and what they did, consider the law and then try to find a sentence that is just and fair.’