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CJB123

Author Stephanie d'Apice
Published November 2009
Report Type Crime and Justice Bulletin No. 123
Subject Court processes and delay; Sentencing; Evaluation reports
Keywords drink driving, sentencing, guideline judgments, dismissals and conditional discharges, consistency in approach.

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Summary

Aim

This bulletin evaluates the impact of a guideline judgment issued by the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal for the offence of high range PCA.

Abstract

This bulletin evaluates the impact of a guideline judgment issued by the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal for the offence of high range PCA. The study finds evidence that the guideline judgment resulted in (a) a reduction in the use of s.10 non-conviction orders for high range PCA offences; (b) an increase in the use of more severe sanctions for this type of offence; (c) greater uniformity in the use of s.10 non-conviction orders across court locations; and (d) an incidental flow-on effect for other PCA offences, in particular, mid range PCA offences.

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