High Court upholds the ACT Sentence Administration Board

johnboy 24 June 2009 7

The ABC has the happy news that Justice Dyson Heydon of the High Court has turned down Mitchell Jacka’s efforts to prove the Sentence Administration Board is not able to turn periodic detention into regular detention following of breaches of orders.

    His lawyers argue the Board does not have the power to interfere with judicial decisions, under the Constitution and today took their case to the High Court.

    Justice Dyson Heydon refused Jacka’s bail application, saying it failed to meet exceptional circumstances and remitted the case to the Supreme Court.

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7 Responses to High Court upholds the ACT Sentence Administration Board
johnboy johnboy 9:01 am 25 Jun 09

By refusing to take it on for exceptional circumstances my understanding is he’s deciding there’s minimal constitutional implications to the case.

IIRC the court usual errs on the side of the applicant on these matters.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 8:56 am 25 Jun 09

Mitchell Jacka… do ya reckon his nickname is ‘Bum’?

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 7:58 am 25 Jun 09

Did Heydon really “uphold the ACT Sentence Administration Board”? The article makes it look like he didn’t even get that far – just said ‘bail denied”, which isn’t necessarily the same thing (ie, he could rule to deny the bail application on a range of grounds without even considering the SAB’s powers). I’ll have to read the transcript…

Quokka Quokka 8:51 pm 24 Jun 09

“It’s the Constitution, it’s Mabo, it’s justice, it’s law, it’s the vibe, and… uh… no that’s it, it’s the vibe.

I rest my case”


sepi sepi 8:47 pm 24 Jun 09

So this means the AMC is not just for periodic detention then thank good ness.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 8:41 pm 24 Jun 09

Dear Mr Jacka,

Go to Gaol, Go directly to Gaol, do not pass go, etc…

sunshine sunshine 7:39 pm 24 Jun 09

hear hear!!

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