Criminal law

Research report

27 Dec 2017

This report illustrates the ongoing erosion of legal rights that persists in Australia, measured by an analysis of the content of all legislation passed by the federal parliament in 2017.

Report

19 Dec 2017

This resource provides a statistical overview of five kinds of theft offences sentenced in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria between 2012–13 and 2016–17.

Report

8 Dec 2017

This special report details the findings and recommendations of a major IBAC investigation, Operation Lansdowne, into allegations of serious corrupt conduct relating to South West Institute of TAFE and Bendigo Kangan Institute of TAFE.

Commentary

27 Nov 2017

How valuable is the introduction of new legal categories as a way of improving responses to intimate partner violence?

Report

20 Nov 2017

This report examined the full spectrum of policies and programs intended to address emerging risks of violent extremism, or to respond rapidly to risks after they have eventuated, and made 26 recommendations.

Discussion paper

10 Nov 2017

The Sentencing Advisory Council has released this issues paper and an online survey, seeking stakeholder and community views on the creation of a Sentencing Guidelines Council in Victoria.

Audio program

12 Oct 2017

The High Court of Australia has ruled that current sentencing practices are one factor to be considered in a judge's decision making, but not the controlling factor.

Journal article

1 Oct 2017

This article aims to to understand how section 14A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1954 (Qld) should be read and understood.

Report

26 Sep 2017

This report presents statistics on the number of secondary offences throughout the data period (2011–12 and 2015–16) and sentencing outcomes for those offences.

Guide

6 Sep 2017

The purpose of this resource is to synthesise over forty years of research evidence to present an accurate and updated picture of sexual offending.

Journal article

1 Sep 2017

This article examines Australia's idiosyncratic approach to the criminalisation of drug driving, highlighting its weak correlation with the important road safety objective of deterring substance-impaired driving, and the risks of both over- and under-criminalisation that it creates.

Journal article

1 Sep 2017

This article argues that the current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse provides ample evidence of why organisations can and should be criminalised for systemic failures.

Guide

1 Aug 2017

This guide provides detailed insights for the in-house profession, and includes case studies of pro bono legal services provided by some of Australia’s top organisations and guidance on how to create an effective in-house pro bono program.

Research report

30 Jun 2017

This report presents the results of a literature review on bail support programs and services commissioned by the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate as part of their Justice Reform Strategy.

Briefing paper

5 Jun 2017

This issues paper considers the law on consensual assault in Tasmania.

Discussion paper

20 May 2017

The Australian Government has released this discussion paper for consultation on the prohibition of the non-consensual sharing of intimate images.

Discussion paper

17 May 2017

This issues paper considers a new approach to the problem of repeat drink driving through the introduction of a specialist, problem-solving court.

Research report

26 Apr 2017

The Tasmanian Attorney-General, Vanessa Goodwin, asked the Sentencing Advisory Council to examine and provide a report on sentences imposed by the Tasmanian courts in cases where a person is seriously injured or killed as a result of a motor vehicle crash, and to provide advice...