The Queensland Special Circumstances Court.
Journal of Judicial Administration, 16 4: 223-234, 2007
13 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2015
Date Written: 2007
Following the model established in Melbourne, a “special circumstances list” commenced operation in the Brisbane Magistrates’ Court in May 2006. The list aims to provide an alternative to mainstream court processes and sentencing outcomes for defendants charged with minor offences who are homeless and suffering from mental illness or intellectual disability. This article reports on the results of an empirical study aimed at examining the early operations of the list in Brisbane. It demonstrates that the list has, thus far, enjoyed considerable success in providing a less intimidating court experience and more appropriate sentencing outcomes for the vulnerable people coming before it.
JEL Classification: k00
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