Supporting Discretionary Decision-Making with Information Technology: A Case Study in the Criminal Sentencing Jurisdiction

36 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2005

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Maria Jean J. Hall

La Trobe University - Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering

Domenico Calabrò

Victoria Legal Aid

Tania Sourdin

University of Newcastle (Australia) - Newcastle Law School

Andrew Stranieri

University of Ballarat - School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences (ITMS)

John Zeleznikow

Victoria University - Victoria University of Technology

Abstract

A number of increasingly sophisticated technologies are now being used to support complex decision-making in a range of contexts. This paper reports on a project undertaken to provide decision support in discretionary legal domains by referring to a recently created model that involves the interplay and weighting of relevant rule-based and discretionary factors used in a decision-making process. The case study used in the modelling process is the Criminal Jurisdiction of the Victorian Magistrate's Court (Australia), where the handing down of an appropriate custodial or non-custodial sentence requires the consideration of many factors. Tools and techniques used to capture relevant expert knowledge and to display it both as a paper model and as an online prototype application are discussed. Models of sentencing decision-making with rule-based and discretionary elements are presented and analyzed. This paper concludes by discussing the benefits and disadvantages of such technology and considers some potential appropriate uses of the model and web-based prototype application.

JEL Classification: K14, K40

Suggested Citation

Hall, Maria Jean J. and Calabrò, Domenico and Sourdin, Tania and Stranieri, Andrew and Zeleznikow, John, Supporting Discretionary Decision-Making with Information Technology: A Case Study in the Criminal Sentencing Jurisdiction. University of Ottawa Law & Technology Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1, p. 1, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=777745

Maria Jean J. Hall (Contact Author)

La Trobe University - Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering ( email )

Department of Economics and Finance
Victoria 3552, 3086
Australia

Domenico Calabrò

Victoria Legal Aid ( email )

Broadmeadows Station Centre
1100 Pascoe Vale Rd
Broadmeadows, Victoria 2047
Australia

Tania Sourdin

University of Newcastle (Australia) - Newcastle Law School ( email )

1 University Drive
Callaghan, 2308
Australia

Andrew Stranieri

University of Ballarat - School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences (ITMS) ( email )

Ballarat Victoria 3353
Australia
+61 3 5327 9390 (Phone)
+61 3 5327 9289 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.ballarat.edu.au/ard/itms/staff/astranieri.shtml

John Zeleznikow

Victoria University - Victoria University of Technology ( email )

P.O. Box 14428
Melbourne, Victoria 8001
Australia

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