Should Media Coverage Affect Sentencing?

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This report explores the approaches of Australian sentencing courts towards adverse media coverage and the significant consequences it can have for offenders. It reveals why and when media coverage might be a relevant sentencing consideration. The aim of the report is to draw attention to this ‘unsettled’ area of law and try to reduce inconsistency in how courts approach it.

Authored and published by the Sentencing Advisory Council
© State of Victoria, Sentencing Advisory Council, 2022