sentencing

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...

Sentencing Book

Standard Sentences: What They Mean and How They are Applied

Standard Sentences: What They Mean and How They are Applied The Standard Sentence Scheme was introduced in Victoria by the Sentencing Amendment (Sentencing Standards) Act 2017 (Vic) in February 2018. This amendment essentially abolished the former Sentencing Amendment (Baseline Sentences)...

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...

Sexual penetration of a child under 16

Mandatory Child Sex Offence Laws

Written by Sophie Parsons, Senior Associate, In-House Counsel, Accredited Criminal Law Specialist, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers The Federal parliament has introduced legislation addressing child sexual offending known as the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection...

Scales of Justice

Headline: No jail for ‘exemplary’ woman who sped through stop sign, killed four. Cue: Public outrage

Written by Amelia Ramsay, Associate, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers Recently, the age published an article bearing the headline, “No jail for ‘exemplary’ woman who sped through stop sign, killed four.” This kind of inflammatory reporting consistently sends people to...

Boat

Hostile activities – Part 1

Written by Isabelle Skaburskis, Lawyer, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers Criminal law gives the government power to take away people’s liberty. It is also meant to curb and constrain this power. The power to detain in a liberal society is...

Football

Using sport to rehabilitate young offenders

Written by Tyson Manicolo, Lawyer, Doogue + George Defence Lawyers Like every other AFL loving Melbournian, I spent this glorious spring Saturday (last one in September) afternoon watching Richmond Tigers battle the GWS Giants in the 2019 AFL grand-final. A...