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Lower penalties for early pleaders

By johnboy - 17 September 2013 5

Simon Corbell has announced his plans for enhanced early pleading:

Courts will be able to impose lower sentences where offenders cooperate to ensure trials are focused on the real issues in dispute, under new legislation passed by the ACT Legislative Assembly today, said Attorney-General, Simon Corbell.

“We know that the inefficient use of time and resources in the criminal justice system contributes to court delays,” Mr Corbell said.

“The Bill that was passed today recognises that defendants and their lawyers have an important role to play in addressing delays in the system.

“Powers introduced in the Crimes (Sentencing) Amendment Bill 2013 will allow a court to impose a reduced sentence where an offender has helped the administration of justice.

“Examples of defendant conduct that may trigger a reduction include pre-trial disclosures, disclosures made during trial or otherwise, admissions, and an early indication of which elements of an offence are an issue.”

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Lower penalties for early pleaders
thebrownstreak69 3:59 pm 20 Sep 13

Robertson said :

How about instead of talking about “reduced sentences”, they instead talk about “increased sentences” for the time wasters?

No, that will probably infringe some scumbag’s human rights.

Robertson 12:55 pm 20 Sep 13

How about instead of talking about “reduced sentences”, they instead talk about “increased sentences” for the time wasters?

Ben_Dover 12:53 pm 20 Sep 13

Commited a crime? Confess early, get off your next crime scot-free with our new 2 for 1 offer…

FXST01 11:34 am 20 Sep 13

I have a Coles voucher as well your Honour.

Pity 10:00 am 20 Sep 13

Can the sentences in ACT be discounted any further?

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