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Comparative Tables

Comparative Tables

The purpose of these tables is to provide judicial officers and other users with rapid and easy access to comparative sentencing information, with appropriate contextual information on the facts and circumstances of individual offences.

This approach to the use of statistics in sentencing is consistent with the line of Australian authority which emphasises that tables of sentences and statistics are useful only if accompanied by an articulation of the unifying principles which the sentences reveal: see R v Pham (2015) 256 CLR 550; Barbaro v The Queen (2014) 253 CLR 59; DPP (Cth) v Thomas [2016] VSCA 237.

The tables have been compiled by research staff of the NJCA under the supervision of the editor of the CSD.

The CSD acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as First Australians and recognises their culture, history, diversity and their deep connection to the land. We acknowledge that we are on the land of the traditional owners and pay respects to Elders past and present.

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