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Dec

SOLITARY CONFINEMENT BREACHES ARTICLE 7 OF ICCPR

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Under the Queensland Government’s anti-bikie laws, the Department of Corrective Services are directed to imprison members or associates of bike groups in particularly harsh and unprecedented ways. Some have described the conditions as being similar to Guantanamo Bay. Read more »

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12
Dec

Sentence Appeals

A properly prepared sentence should always include thorough research of comparative cases. This is important for two reasons:
1. It is the duty of a legal representative to assist the court in its determination of an appropriate penalty.
2. The best outcome is likely to be achieved by highlighting to the court previous sentences which support the outcome trying to be achieved. Consistency in sentencing is very important both for an offender and the community at large.

The High Court in a recent case of The Queen v Munda re-affirmed the principle that in sentencing, “like cases should be treated in a like manner”. Read more »