Presentation recordings

Want to know more about sentencing? View these presentations for an in-depth discussion on various aspects of the sentencing process and sentencing matters in Queensland, Australia and across the globe.

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Sentencing Seminar — Let's talk about sexts: vulnerable victims or unwitting offenders?

May 2018

Teens across Queensland who share explicit images using smartphones, social networks and game consoles may be committing an offence.

This could not only lead to cyberbullying but also a criminal record.

Over the last decade more than 1500 young people under 17 years of age have been cautioned or conferenced by Queensland Police for child exploitation material offences — the majority for sexting.

Our seminar discussed the issue of teen sexting from all sides: victims, perpetrators and the criminal justice system kicking off with the real-life story of a 15-year-old boy unwittingly caught up in sexting.

Our panel of experts provide insight into this type of incident, how it can be prevented and how, if left unaddressed, it can quickly escalate and hold significant consequences for young people.

Panel members

— Helen Watkins, Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council
— Wayne Steinhardt, Queensland Police Service
— Rob Priddey, Cybersafety Team, Department of Education
— Prof Mark Kebbell, Griffith Criminology Institute


Justice in Focus: Soft on crime? How sentencing can better reflect community values

March 2018

We teamed up with Caxton Legal Centre for their Justice in Focus seminar looking at community values around sentencing.

Recent research findings show that, in 62% of cases, jurors would issue more lenient sentences than judges when surveyed following a guilty verdict. Meanwhile, our Judge for Yourself community education project is successfully engaging Queenslanders on the topic of sentencing with some revealing results.

Our panel of experts talked about these insights and why public education projects are a key part of the access to justice equation.

Panel members

— Professor Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania - Professor Kate Warner is the lead author on the 2017 research paper ‘Measuring Jurors’ Views on Sentencing: Results from the Second Australian Jury Study’.
— The Honorable Margaret McMurdo, AC - Margaret McMurdo is the former president of the Queensland Court of Appeal. She currently serves as the Chair of Legal Aid Queensland.
— Dan Rogers - Dan Rogers is a solicitor and a member of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council as well as the Secretary of Caxton Legal Centre. He is also a Director at Robertson O'Gorman.

The event was recorded as part of ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program.


Sentencing Seminar — The Criminal Justice Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

October 2017

Justice Peter McClellan
There’s no escaping the fact the criminal justice system is often seen as ineffective in responding to child sexual abuse cases.

Hear from the Chair of the Royal Commission, the Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, as he discusses the Criminal Justice Report, released as part of the investigation.

The report contains 85 recommendations — all of which aim to reform the Australian criminal justice system to provide a fairer response to victims of institutional child sexual abuse.

Legislative and policy changes are also on the cards, including the addition of new offences and changes to police and prosecution responses.

Resources

Justice McClellan - Royal Commission speeches
Justice McClellan - Royal Commission videos


Sentencing Seminar — What happened with Jake? Understanding why young people offend — can we build better responses?

September 2017

Find out what happened with Jake through our panel discussion about the life trajectory of a fictitious young person who has been involved with the criminal justice system from a young age.

The hypothetical follows the journey of Jake — a young man with a troubled past — from birth to his emergence as a juvenile offender.

Panel members

Cheryl Leavy, Leanne O'Shea, Elena Marchetti, Paul Mazerolle, Stephen Stathis, Jim Watterston, Cheryl Scanlon
(From left to right)

— Cheryl Leavy – Deputy Commissioner, Queensland Family and Child Commission
— Leanne O’Shea – Deputy Chief Magistrate, Brisbane Childrens Court
— Professor Elena Marchetti - A/Chair, Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council
— Professor Paul Mazerolle – Pro Vice Chancellor of Arts, Education and Law, Griffith University
— Dr Stephen Stathis – Medical Director, Child and Youth Mental Health Service, Children’s Health Queensland
— Dr Jim Watterston – Director General, Department of Education and Training
— Cheryl Scanlon – Detective Superintendent, Operations Commander, Child Safety and Sexual Crime Group, Queensland Police Service

The panel discussed what happened in Jake’s life to lead him to where he is today, and what could have been done differently to help him make better life choices.

Resources

Transition to Success - this program improves the lives for young people within the youth justice system by developing skills for the future so they are not defined by their past.

Queensland Family and Child Commission:

oneplace Community Services Directory - directory of community services to help Queensland families get to the right service at the right time.

Foster and kinship care - find out how to become a foster or kinship carer.


Sentencing Seminar — Shaping the sentencing agenda: The role of sentencing advisory councils in policy debate and development

May 2017

Arie FreibergDiscover the importance of sentencing advisory councils in the criminal justice system and how their involvement helps to bridge the gap between the community, the courts and government.

The reality of modern politics is that sentencing policy is not always based on evidence: public opinion often demands change in sentencing policies that may be expensive, ineffective or counter-productive. Sentencing is an emotive issue.

The presentation with the chair of the Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council Professor Arie Freiberg covers why sentencing advisory councils were established, how they provide governments with independent policy advice, publish information about sentencing practices and assist with sentencing guidelines.


Sentencing Seminar — Evidence-based sentencing

April 2017

Judge Peggy Hora
Find out how former California Supreme Court Judge Peggy Hora’s work in the area of ‘problem solving courts’ has contributed to a new genre of justice — therapeutic jurisprudence.

Therapeutic jurisprudence focuses on providing practical interventions and solutions for people with complex social problems.

The presentation covers procedural fairness, judicial respect, behavioural change and sanctions for therapeutic consequences.