THE TASMANIAN COMMITTEE.
Tasmania’s current paucity of sentencing options is set for a major overhaul with the Sentencing Advisory Council to be asked to recommend alternatives to suspended sentences. The proposed changes follow the recent election of a new Liberal Government and their promise to abolish all suspended sentences. While there has been much consternation amongst the legal community, a recent forum organized by Community Legal Centres Tasmania, the Law Society of Tasmania and Civil Liberties Australia heard that the Attorney-General, Vanessa Goodwin will consult with the Sentencing Advisory Council about alternative sentencing options that will be introduced before suspended sentences are abolished. Sentencing options that the Attorney-General suggested could be introduced include home detention, deferred sentencing and periodic detention.
- Category: DUAO - 2014 - Vol 39(2)