This article contemplates whether jurors’ use of social media during trial and deliberations is a frequent occurrence endangering the fair trial principle and whether viable avenues exist to sufficiently address this potential challenge in the Australian context.
Police use a variety of techniques in their investigation of serious violent crimes, such as homicide, robbery, assault and sexual assault. This paper systematically reviews experimental and quasi-experimental research on the effectiveness of these investigative techniques.
The Model Criminal Code (MCC) was intended to be a Code for all Australian jurisdictions. This paper assesses the MCC as a criminal law reform project and explores questions of how the MCC came into being, and why it took shape in certain ways at...
This article explores cases in which Indigenous defendants have perceived that an all-white jury’s prejudice against Indigenous people would prevent them receiving a fair trial, and draws comparisons with the United States and Canada.
This VLRC supplementary consultation paper has been released for public comment, following an update to the commission's terms of reference.
Provides a commentary on the New Zealand criminal justice system's treatment of tax evasion compared with welfare fraud - in the context of reactions to Metiria Turei's admission of welfare fraud.
This paper provides an international comparison of the costs, scope, and effectiveness of criminal justice in Australia.
This fact sheet summarises some of the similarities and differences between young people and adults in the justice systems in Australia. In 2015–16, the most common principal offence among young people was theft, while among adults it was illicit drug offences.
Reviews the classification of child exploitation material for sentencing purposes to determine whether any improvements can be made.
This report outlines the need for reforms to Tasmanian legislation around the indefinite detention of ‘dangerous criminals’.
Rick Sarre and Lorana Bartels ask if there's a case for an overhaul of nationwide parole laws?
This study supports previous findings that diversion for minor cannabis offences can save money and lead to better social consequences.
This issues paper considers a new approach to the problem of repeat drink driving through the introduction of a specialist, problem-solving court.
My first advice was directed largely to legislative reform in accordance with the Terms of Reference. This advice deals with broader systemic issues that arise directly out of the consideration of the operation of the bail system, including Terms of Reference 4 to 7. It...
In Victoria, police decide what to disclose in a criminal record check. These checks go to employers, housing providers and insurance companies. With a conviction, these checks can be a roadblock to accessing all manner of life’s necessities. And it doesn’t just impact serious offenders;...
Examines the reasons for the increase in the prison population in New Zealand since 2013 and recommends alternatives.
Queensland's criminal justice system prevents, detects, and investigates crimes. It delivers judicial processes, manages prisoners and offenders, and provides rehabilitation services.
The Queensland Police Service and the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (through its Queensland Courts Service, Queensland Corrective Services, and Office of the...
The Waitangi Tribunal has found the Crown in breach of its Treaty obligations by failing to prioritise the reduction of the high rate of Māori reoffending relative to non-Māori. The Tribunal says the undisputed disparity between Māori and non-Māori reoffending rates is longstanding and substantial....
The provisions relating to bail in Victoria are already very strict. I do not consider that the Bail Act 1977 (the Bail Act ) needs a major overhaul in terms of its theoretical underpinnings. In particular, I consider that there should continue to be a...
What happens to people once they’re released from prison? It’s a question we don’t often think about, but it matters. Each year, approximately 6, 000 people are released from prison in Victoria. Most of them are not equipped to deal with life upon release. They...