Community Views Sought on Victorian Sentencing Guidelines Council

10 November 2017

The Sentencing Advisory Council has today released an  issues paper and an online survey seeking stakeholder and community views on the creation of a sentencing guidelines council in Victoria.

The Victorian Government has announced that it will introduce a sentencing guidelines council. The Attorney-General has asked the Sentencing Advisory Council for advice on the appropriate features of the Victorian sentencing guidelines council, including the type of sentencing guidelines such a body would create.

The Sentencing Advisory Council has examined various aspects of a sentencing guidelines council under three broad categories:

  1. The purposes, functions and composition (membership) of the sentencing guidelines council
  2. The form and content of sentencing guidelines, and the process for their development and approval
  3. The effect of sentencing guidelines on sentencing, including how binding a sentencing guideline should be on a court.

The issues paper is based on the Sentencing Advisory Council’s initial research and consultations, and is designed to prompt discussion. The issues paper includes proposals about some of the features of the sentencing guidelines council, but these proposals are not final. The Sentencing Advisory Council invites views on all aspects of the sentencing guidelines council, including features that are not addressed by the proposals in the issues paper.

The Sentencing Advisory Council will hold a number of consultation events to gather stakeholder views, including a judicial symposium, a legal stakeholder discussion forum and a community discussion panel to be held on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

The Sentencing Advisory Council invites you to make a written submission in answer to the questions posed and issues raised in its issues paper.

Alternatively, you may wish to complete the online survey, which asks for your views on the six most important questions in the issues paper.

The deadline for written submissions and the online survey is Friday 22 December 2017