We aim to raise awareness of sentencing matters and increase community understanding of the criminal justice system.

Justice in Focus

Soft on crime? How sentencing can better reflect community values

We have teamed up with Caxton Legal Centre for their next Justice in Focus seminar on Tuesday 13 March 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.

Join our experts for this free seminar as they talk about these insights and why public education projects are a key part of the access to justice equation.


  • 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.

Event details

  • When: Tuesday 13 March, 5.30pm to 6.30pm with refreshments to follow
  • Where: Banco Court, QEII Courts of Law, 415 George St, Brisban
  • Cost: Free

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Sentencing Seminar Series

Our Sentencing Seminar Series gives you the opportunity to learn about the sentencing process in Queensland, nationally and internationally.

These free events are aimed at people working in, or interested in, the criminal justice system.

Registrations are available for in-person attendance and via live web streaming. A recording of each seminar is published on this website after the event.

Lawyers who attend the seminars will be able to use their attendance towards their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.

The 2017 series is now complete - keep an eye out for our 2018 series!

Previous seminars

Seminar 4—The Criminal Justice Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM provides insight into the Criminal Justice Report, released as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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Seminar 3—What happened with Jake? Understanding why young people offend — can we build better responses?

Hear from a panel of experts and a group of young people as they discuss the life trajectory of a fictitious young person who has been involved with the criminal justice system from a young age.

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Seminar 2—Shaping the sentencing agenda: The role of sentencing advisory councils in policy debate and development

Discover what role and influence Australian sentencing advisory councils play in bridging the gap between the community, the courts and governments. Presented by Victorian and Tasmanian Sentencing Advisory Council chair Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg.

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Seminar 1—Evidence-based sentencing

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.

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