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The Use of Suspended Sentences in Australia: Unsheathing the Sword of Damocles

Bartels, Lorana


Wholly suspended sentences are a controversial sentencing option currently available in all Australian jurisdictions. This article examines the interpretation of the two-step process for imposing a suspended sentence as set out by the High Court in Dinsdale and points to important differences in the approach to exercising the discretion to suspend. In addition, the varying severity of the “bite” of the sentence through the imposition of conditions or combination with other sentencing options is...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Criminal Law Journal


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