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Changes to bring the Supreme Court in line with the rest of Australia

By Special G 26 April 2008 22

The Crimes has the following story on changes Simon Corbell is looking at implementing to change how the ACT Supreme Court does business.

Basically it will remove the option of trial by judge alone (both side must agree to this option) and increase the minimum maximum sentence of a matter that can be dealt with by the Supreme Court. (If that made any sense) Currently if the maximum sentence is one year imprisonment you can go to the Supreme Court – this will be increases to 2 years.

The idea of this is many more Crooks are going to the Supreme Court because as we all know they are about as harsh as a slap with a feather duster. They are chosing trial by judge alone and Corbell wants to bring the juries back more often for serious offences.

Next to this article was a mention about the stabbing outside the Cube nightclub. I am guessing they are trying to make the point that if a jury had made the decision then maybe he wouldn’t have been aquitted.

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Not 9:21 pm 12 Feb 11

GnT said :

I’m very uncomfortable with the idea of prison as ‘punishment’. This to me is pure revenge. Prison should be about removing people from society so they are not a threat. Prison is appropriate for some repeat or violent offenders. It is not appropriate merely because ‘society’, or worse, the victim, expects it.

The ACT has a low rate of imprisonment compared with other jurisdictions. But this does not mean that we are wrong and they are right. We don’t have to live up to NSW in this area.

Here here. Finally. Someone who understands what our only justice system is about. Serving justice. Not a hug for you and your victim experience, not so that you can now move on with your life, not so that crimes can be made public for a bored community. Remember that courts and the law are for all the people. Made by the people, for the people. All people. Albeit standing accused. Pain and suffering money will find its way to you should you deserve it. xxx

GnT 2:55 pm 28 Apr 08

I’m very uncomfortable with the idea of prison as ‘punishment’. This to me is pure revenge. Prison should be about removing people from society so they are not a threat. Prison is appropriate for some repeat or violent offenders. It is not appropriate merely because ‘society’, or worse, the victim, expects it.

The ACT has a low rate of imprisonment compared with other jurisdictions. But this does not mean that we are wrong and they are right. We don’t have to live up to NSW in this area.

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