Criminal lawyers worked alongside representatives of several government agencies to discover the latest sentencing trends at the Sentencing Theory & Practice Masterclass.
Delivered by the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, the masterclass was facilitated by the Chair of the Victorian and Tasmanian Sentencing Advisory Councils, Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg AM.
The Masterclass examined the basis of sentencing law as well the impact of sentencing on victims. The program also explored current trends in sentencing theory and practice, and the tension between the principles of sentencing and the discretion of judges.
For the second consecutive year participants in the program, were inspired by Arie’s passion and knowledge of this important topic.
Attended by criminal lawyers, as well as representatives from Juries Victoria, Department of Justice & Regulation, WorkSafe Victoria, the Judicial College of Victoria, the Legal Services Commission, Corrections Victoria and Victoria Police, participants praised the “interactions with people from other fields and agencies”.
With sentencing trends always catching public attention and changing on a regular basis, planning is already underway for next year’s Masterclass which will provide another unique learning opportunity for legal and public sector professionals involved in various aspects of sentencing.