Sentencing

Lawyer Getting Sentence Indications in the Higher Courts Before a Judge

Sentence Indications in the Higher Courts

The article Sentence Indications in the Higher Courts is written by Sophie Parsons and Lachie Davine of Doogue + George Defence Lawyers. Sophie is a Partner, In-House Counsel and Accredited Criminal Law Specialist at Doogue + George. She is experienced...

Man Getting a Deferral of Sentence

Deferral of Sentence

Deferral of Sentence There are many sentencing options available to a Judge or Magistrate when a person pleads guilty to criminal offences in Court. The sentencing process itself involves the consideration and weighing of many factors,1 and often competing principles...

The Bugmy Bar Book Project and Sentencing Principles

The Bugmy Bar Book Project and Sentencing Principles In sentencing hearings, criminal defence lawyers routinely represent vulnerable people who have committed crimes in the broader context of significant personal hardship. The case of Bugmy v The Queen1 (‘Bugmy’) established sentencing...

Gavel

Criminal Records and Spent Convictions

This article was first published on 26 October 2022. The enactment of the Spent Convictions Act 2021 (Vic) means that certain findings of guilt may now become spent. Please read our articles about spent convictions to read more about the...

Man Facing Family Hardship to Go Through Sentencing

Family Hardship and Sentencing in Victoria

Family Hardship and Sentencing in Victoria When a person is sentenced to a term of immediate imprisonment, the impact on their family – children, parents, siblings – is profound. While the courts can give weight to the hardship a person’s...

Justice Scale

Chris Dawson – The Teacher’s Verdict

Chris Dawson – The Teacher’s Verdict The handing down of Justice Harrison’s verdict in the murder trial of Chris Dawson has gripped the nation. While most of us probably did not watch the entire judgment, handed down orally by his...

Pregnancy, Children, and Prisons

Pregnancy, Children, and Prisons Pregnant women and mothers of infant children who are being sentenced for criminal offences pose a particularly challenging and emotive set of factual circumstances. There are any number of reasons why women may be sentenced for...