Expanding the Role of Victims and the Community in Sentencing
(2011) 35 Criminal Law Journal 21
17 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2014
Date Written: 2011
In 1989, South Australia became the first State in Australia to allow victims to provide input into the sentencing process. In 2010, the Criminal Law (Sentencing) Act 1988 (SA) was amended to allow a victim to make a recommendation as to sentence. The amendment will also allow the prosecutor or the Commissioner of Victims’ Rights to furnish the sentencing court with a “neighbourhood impact statement” or a “social impact statement”. This article examines the likely effect of the amendments.
Keywords: Sentencing, Victim impact statement, community impact statement, neighbourhood impact statement, social impact statement, victim’s rights, Criminal Law (Sentencing) Act 1988, Commissioner of Victims’ Rights
JEL Classification: K32
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