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

One way we are doing this is by running a range of education presentations with national and international ‘thought leaders’ in the area of sentencing.

Sentencing Seminar Series

The Sentencing Seminar Series gives attendees 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.

The series is being hosted by ABC Radio presenter Steve Austin. Each seminar is being headlined by one of more guest speakers.

Registrations are available for in-person attendance and via live web streaming. A recording of each seminar will also be 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.

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

Professor Arie Freiberg

Are sentencing councils bureaucrats or do they have real influence?

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.

Sentencing advisory councils were established to provide governments with independent policy advice, publish information about sentencing practices, assist with sentencing guidelines and mediate between the political process, the judiciary and the public.

In our second Sentencing Seminar Series event, Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg will explore the role and influence of Australian sentencing advisory councils in bridging the gap between the community, the courts and governments.

What: Shaping the sentencing agenda: The role of sentencing councils in policy debate and development

When: Wednesday 17 May 2017, registration from 12 pm, seminar 1 pm to 2.30 pm

Where: Banco Court—QEII Courts of Law Courts, 415 George Street, Brisbane Qld 4000

Cost: Free

Register now!

Previous seminars

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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