magistrates' court

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...

Sentencing Indication

Sentence Indication in the Magistrates’ Court – What are They and How are They Used?

Sentence Indication in the Magistrates’ Court – What are They and How are They Used? A person accused of a criminal offence heard in the Magistrates’ Court can apply for a ‘sentence indication’ under the Criminal Procedure Act. A sentence...

Justice Scale

Committal Mention Hearings

Committal Mention Hearings A committal mention hearing is one of the first hearings you will need to attend if you have been charged with an indictable offence and there is a potential for your case to go to a jury...

Gavel

How Sentencing Actually Works Versus How the Public Think Judges Get It Wrong

How Sentencing Actually Works Versus How the Public Think Judges Get It Wrong Generally, the police or the Director of Public Prosecutions are responsible for determining what criminal charges a person will face based on available evidence. Statistics suggest that...