Sentencing Decisions

The Council has prepared case notes on some important sentencing decisions from Victorian courts.

Court of Appeal Confirms Approach to Changing Inadequate Sentencing Practices
The Victorian Court of Appeal has confirmed that sentences for offences with inadequate sentencing practices should increase immediately.

High Court Holds Current Sentencing Practices Are Just One Factor to Take into Account, Not the Controlling Factor
The High Court of Australia has ruled that current sentencing practices are one of many factors, not the controlling factor, that a sentencing court must consider.

Victorian Court of Appeal Rules on Seriousness of Statutory Murder versus Common Law Murder
Statutory murder is no longer inherently less serious than common law murder in Victoria.

How Does Imprisonment Combined with a Community Correction Order Compare with Imprisonment Only?
The Court of Appeal has decided an approach to assessing the severity of combined imprisonment and CCO sentences.