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Research report

19 Jul 2017

Aim: To explain the upward trend in Indigenous imprisonment in NSW between January 2012 and September 2016.

Method: Separate analyses were conducted of trends in the factors influencing the number of remand and sentenced prisoners received into custody...

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18 Jul 2017

The Community Correction Order (CCO) is a sentencing order that provides for an offender’s punishment and rehabilitation in the community. An offender’s failure to comply with a CCO without a reasonable excuse is a criminal offence with a maximum penalty of three months’ imprisonment.

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12 Jul 2017

The changing environment of policing and recent trends in crime have raised community concerns. New challenges in community safety require more than rhetoric and promises to bring about sustained change. Every Victorian should be entitled to feel safe at any time regardless of where they live or...

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Journal article

29 Jun 2017

Abstract

Objective: While governments draft law and policy to promote public health, it is through cases put before the judiciary that the implementation of law can be challenged and where its practical implications are typically determined. In this paper...

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Research report

27 Jun 2017

The majority of young people do not return to sentenced supervision

The majority of young people who receive a supervised youth justice sentence serve only 1 sentence, and do not return to sentenced youth justice supervision. Of those aged 10–17 who were under sentenced...

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Research report

19 Jun 2017

Aim: To conduct an exploratory analysis of the factors influencing trial duration in the NSW District Criminal Court

Method: Bi-variate relationships between trial duration and various offence types were examined using one way analyses of variance, fixed...

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Research report

30 May 2017

Aim: In 2015 the NSW government announced it would significantly increase the number of roadside drug tests conducted. This paper examines the impact of increased drug driving detections on the New South Wales Criminal Courts.

Method: Descriptive analysis...

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Journal article

29 May 2017

All Australian jurisdictions regulate the admission of expert opinion evidence. The rules focus on ‘specialised knowledge’, the existence of a ‘field’, and ‘training, study or experience’. They purport to regulate oral testimony but also the expert reports prepared in advance of potential...

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Journal article

29 May 2017

Throughout the Western intellectual tradition, the separation of public and private life has been ubiquitous. Although the line of demarcation changes according to time and circumstance, the conjunction of the public sphere with the masculine and the private sphere with the feminine has remained...

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23 May 2017

In 2016 Attorney-General Dr Vanessa Goodwin commissioned a review of the Magistrates Court to identify opportunities to improve efficiency and overall performance.

KPMG was appointed to undertake the review and their resulting report contains several key recommendations to ensure more...

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Discussion paper

17 May 2017

This Issues Paper considers options for reform that may improve the effectiveness of the criminal justice response to drink drivers in Tasmania, by exploring sentencing options that are more likely to influence offenders’ perceptions of risks represented by their behaviour, and bring about...

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Research report

08 May 2017

Aim: To describe a simulation model of the NSW prison system and demonstrate its utility as a tool for examining the effects of changes to the criminal justice system that influence the number of prisoners in custody.

Method: The model consists of four...

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Survey

04 May 2017

Aim: To examine the experience of court users of two metropolitan courthouses in New South Wales.

Method: 311 court users were surveyed regarding their awareness, understanding, contacts, and satisfaction with services at court. The sample included...

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Research report

01 May 2017

Aim: To develop a statistical model which enables court administrators to determine the future impact on trial court delay of changes in the backlog of pending trials.

Method: Data on the size of the pending caseload between January 2011 and June 2016...

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Research report

20 Apr 2017

The JusticeLink dataset is a rich and comprehensive, but currently underutilised, resource that, in our preliminary assessment, adequately represents many aspects of the business of the Local Court. The dataset also has the potential to illustrate how the court is being used by different...

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Journal article

12 Apr 2017

Introduction

In Australia, child protection law and family law perform different functions in relation to children. On one hand, child protection law is legislated by the states and territories and is considered to be an area of public law. Child protection law can be...

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Journal article

12 Apr 2017

Introduction

On 28 August 2012, an Australian platoon of 24 soldiers travelled 23 kilometres north of Tarin Kowt to Wahab Patrol Base in Afghanistan to join an Afghan National Army (‘ANA’) outpost in Taliban territory. The mission was to engage in a 10 day mentor exercise...

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Audio program

29 Nov 2016

For the first time since it was established in 1903, a woman will lead the High Court of Australia. Justice Susan Kiefel has served on the High Court since 2007 and will be sworn in as Chief Justice in January next year. The federal government says she's been one of Australia's most outstanding...

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Research report

22 Nov 2016

The Victorian Law Reform Commission’s report on the role of victims of crime in the criminal trial process was tabled in the Victorian Parliament on 22 November 2016. 

The victim’s role has evolved over the past three decades and the report takes an evolutionary approach in proposing...

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Journal article

21 Nov 2016

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Cases involving families where there are allegations of domestic violence constitute a significant part of family court caseloads in Australia. Research undertaken by the Australian Institute of Family Studies showed that allegations of spousal violence...

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