To overcome inefficient or frightened magistrates / judges handing out …

Comment on Criminal lawyers oppose Country Liberals on mandatory sentencing by Robinoz.

To overcome inefficient or frightened magistrates / judges handing out trivial or inappropriate sentences, we should have mandatory sentencing for a component of some offences followed by optional sentencing. Despite the comments of the judiciary about how very serious this or that particular offence was, few offenders seem to get the maximum penalty. In fact in the last year or two sex offenders have gotten off without a custodial sentence (if my memory serves me correctly). Don’t the lawyers rabbit on about justice being seen to be done?

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Criminal lawyers oppose Country Liberals on mandatory sentencing
@Bob Durnan … Dubai allows “easy” sales of alcohol to people who aren’t Muslims within licensed premises and at designated take-aways. Visitors can purchase without a permit, permanent residents require a Liquor Permit which seems more to appear a regulatory approach and of course an income earner for the Emirate. One Emirate, Sharjah, I think, bans alcohol sales and consumption absolutely (they are aligned with Saudi Arabia through acquisition of debts).
Dianne is correct, the UAE is generally safer than anywhere I have been in Australia and street drunkenness and violence is very scarce. Graffiti etc are equally scarce. Drunkenness and drink driving tend to lead to three months imprisonment and deportation immediately upon release. You can’t get a permanent resident’s visa without a job and a clear criminal history. Once you cease employment, you have two weeks to leave the country. Australia could learn a lot from the UAE, but we don’t need or want any Muslim lawyers.

Criminal lawyers oppose Country Liberals on mandatory sentencing
@Janet. It’s so long since I attended my first law lecture, I can’t remember what it covered. However, I do remember 10 years of police service and the experience that punishments were hit and miss at all three levels of the legal system (Queensland). It was quite clear to me then that vastly different penalties / sentences were given to offenders whose offences and circumstances were almost identical and much of that was down to the individual magistrate or judge. I suspect nothing has changed and although the Territory is a piddling system when compared with Queensland’s, a mandatory component would provide at least some consistency and fairness for offenders.

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