Council Receives Terms of Reference for Swift and Certain Approaches to Family Violence Sentencing

12 September 2016

On Friday 9 September, the Council received a request from the Attorney-General, the Hon Martin Pakula, MP, to provide him with advice on the desirability of ‘swift and certain’ approaches to the sentencing of family violence offenders in Victoria.

The terms of reference ask the Council to have regard to the principles of ‘swift and certain’ approaches, and the available empirical evidence, in providing this advice.

The Council is asked to provide advice on which specific approaches are preferred within the Victorian context, and whether there are particular groups of family violence offenders that swift and certain approaches should focus on.

The Council will shortly begin preliminary consultation with key criminal justice stakeholders, in advance of the publication of a consultation paper in the last quarter of 2016.