Discussion paper

Statutory sentencing discounts for pleas of guilty: consultation paper

22 Mar 2018

This reference to the Sentencing Advisory Council was made by the then Acting Attorney-General and Acting for and on behalf of the Minister for Justice, the Hon Matthew Groom MP in August 2017.

This paper provides an overview of the current approach taken to reduction of sentence for a guilty plea in Tasmania and examines legislative approaches to sentencing discounts for pleas of guilty in other Australian jurisdictions and comparable international jurisdictions.

The paper asks for feedback in relation to the appropriate parameters for the introduction of a statutory framework to reduce sentences for pleas of guilty in Tasmania. The questions are set out at the beginning of the paper and are also contained in the relevant parts of the paper so that the options can be understood in context.

You may choose to address some or all of the questions and your answers may be referred to or quoted in a final report. If you do not wish your response to be published or if you wish to remain anonymous please indicate this in your response. After considering all responses, it is intended that a final report containing recommendations and advice to the Attorney-General will be published.

Responses should be made in writing by close of business 18 May 2018.

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