Lawyer Criticises ‘Law on the Run’ Policies

The toughening of Queensland’s criminal law penalties are poorly considered ‘law on the run’ measures which suggest the Government has no trust in its judges.

Law changes pushed through Parliament last week include a controversial new 25 year non-parole period for a person convicted of murdering a police officer in the line of duty.

The Criminal Law Amendment Bill pushes through a range of tougher penalties, with a doubling of the sentence for a serious assault on a police officer from seven to 14 years. Continue reading Lawyer Criticises ‘Law on the Run’ Policies

Sentencing Should Stay With Courts

by: Cameron Browne | From: The Courier-Mail | May 30, 2012

PREMIER Campbell Newman should confirm the Government’s axing of its Sentencing Advisory Council means that mandatory sentencing – proposed by the former government – has finally been abandoned.

There is disquiet about mandatory sentencing. The previous government set up the sentencing council to find a way to introduce it. The council instead came out against a policy which took the decision-making process from the courts.

The questions now are what, if anything, will replace the Sentencing Advisory Council and what are the new Government’s intentions? Continue reading Sentencing Should Stay With Courts