Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council releases annual report

Media release

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council 2017–18 Annual Report has been tabled in Parliament.

The report details the Council’s activities in the 2017-18 financial year to inform, engage and advise Queenslanders about sentencing matters.

Reported activities include:

During the reporting year, the Council received two new Terms of Reference from the Attorney-General in October 2017, to review:

The Attorney-General appointed a new Chair of the Council, John Robertson, following his retirement as a Judge from the District Court, and four new members – Waka Waka man Bevan Costello, Jo Bryant (CEO of Protect All Children Today), Crown Prosecutor Vicki Loury QC, and Detective Chief Superintendent Cheryl Scanlon (Crime and Corruption Commission).

Michael Cowen QC and Queensland Police Service Deputy Commissioner Tracy Linford resigned from the Council; their critical involvement and advice in responding to the Terms of Reference reviews is gratefully acknowledged.

Chair John Robertson says the Council plays a crucial role in providing information that explains the complex process of how sentencing operates in the criminal justice system.

“An independent council of this kind is essential, particularly given the increasing public interest in sentencing and the role of judges and magistrates in the sentencing process,” Mr Robertson said.

“Whether it’s providing policy advice on sentencing matters, analysing court data for specific offences or holding community workshops, the Council has worked tirelessly to deliver on its functions to inform, engage and advise this financial year,” he said.

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