Victorian Jury Sentencing Study Factsheet Released

23 August 2018

On Tuesday 21 August 2018, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, Governor of Tasmania, delivered the 2018 Victorian Law Oration, ‘Are Courts Soft on Crime? Lessons from the Victorian Jury Sentencing Study’.

The Victorian Jury Sentencing Study is a follow-up to the ground-breaking Tasmanian Jury Sentencing Study that was also led by Her Excellency. The Tasmanian study examined jurors’ opinions of sentencing.

For the Victorian study, a team of researchers surveyed almost a thousand jurors who had sat on trials in the Victorian County Court. The study explored jurors’ views on a range of issues related to sentencing, including sentence severity, sentencing purposes, aggravating and mitigating factors and sentencing discretion.

Using jurors as a representative sample of informed public opinion, the study’s findings challenge the persistent view that sentencing in Victoria is too lenient. The findings provide insights into sentencing issues from a community perspective.

The Sentencing Advisory Council has produced a two-page factsheet highlighting some of the key findings from the study. The factsheet is available on our website.