We advise the government on sentencing matters, when requested. This research involves reviewing matters about sentencing, consultation with key stakeholders and the general public to obtain their views on the issue, and publishing a final report.

Sentencing for child homicide offences

We have been asked by the Attorney-General to review sentencing of child homicide offences.

Our 12-month review will focus on sentencing for offences involving the unlawful death of a child, such as murder and manslaughter. We are due to report to the Attorney-General by 31 October 2018.

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Intermediate sentencing options and parole

In response to the 2016 Queensland Parole System Review Final Report (Sofronoff Report), we have been asked by the Attorney-General to review community based sentencing orders and parole options.

Our review will also look at current sentencing and parole legislation, including the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 and the Corrective Services Act 2006 to see if there are any laws that create inconsistency or constrain sentencing options available to a court.

The due date for the final report has been extended by three months, by letter from the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, and Leader of the House, to 31 July 2019.

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Classification of child exploitation materials for sentencing purposes

We were asked by the Attorney-General to review the classification of child exploitation materials for sentencing purposes.

This review is now finished. The Council made 16 recommendations in response to the terms of reference provided by the Attorney-General.

View the final report - July 2017

Sentencing Spotlight

The Sentencing Spotlight series summarises the sentencing outcomes of matters finalised in Queensland courts, incorporating a statistical analysis of sentencing outcomes according to offence categories and demographic indicators over time.

They provide an overview of sentences being received by offenders for certain offence categories to support your understanding of the sentencing process including details on what the offence is, offender characteristics, types of sentences received and how offenders plea.

View Sentencing Spotlight series