Sentencing Discretion & Individualised Justice:
The tension between "instinctive synthesis" and sentencing guidelines in collaboration with UCL Centre for Criminal Law
Panel discussion with The Hon Justice Christopher Maxwell President of the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia
Professor Julian Roberts Professor of Criminology, University of Oxford
Chaired by Professor David Ormerod QC Law Commissioner for England & Wales Professor of Criminal Justice, UCL Faculty of Laws
In his introductory remarks, Justice Maxwell discussed the broadly instinctive approach to criminal sentencing in Australia, and discussions about reform in Australia, and more particularly in Victoria.
Professor Roberts drew on his decade long experience as a member of the Sentencing Council of England and Wales to talk about the way in which the Sentencing Council’s work has changed sentencing decision-making, and how judges have responded to the guidance provided.
These comments were followed by a lively Q&A session in which both discussants were invited to expand on their opening comments and requested to opine on areas of particular controversy.