Sentencing Advisory Council of South Australia
The criminal justice system plays a vital role in keeping South Australians safe.
Reports of crime and the sentencing of offenders are frequently in the news. This generates a great deal of public interest in the issue of sentencing but it can also cause confusion. An understanding of the sentencing process is important in ensuring that the public have confidence in the criminal justice system.
In 2012, the Attorney General, the Hon. John Rau established the Sentencing Advisory Council to improve the quality and availability of information on sentencing in South Australia.
The Sentencing Advisory Council aims to enhance the community’s knowledge and understanding on matters relating to sentencing and to bridge the gap between the courts and the community.
The Council aims to improve the quality and availability of information on sentencing in South Australia by:
preparing research papers, advice and reports on particular subjects in connection with sentencing at the request of the Attorney-General;
- making recommendations to the Attorney-General on sentencing related matters;
- publishing information relating to sentencing;
- educating the public about sentencing matters; and
- obtaining the community’s views on sentencing matters.
The Council has considered the operation of Part 8A of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 (SA) and have recently released a recommendation report.
Wednesday, 21 September 2016