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Soft on Crime? How sentencing can better reflect community values

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Banco Court, QEII Courts of Law

415 George Street

Brisbane, Qld 4000

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Access to justice is about more than the availability of legal services - it's about achieving just outcomes, too.

Recent research findings show that, in 62% of cases, jurors would issue more lenient sentences than judges when surveyed following a guilty verdict. Meanwhile, the 'Judge for Yourself' community education project is successfully engaging Queenslanders on the topic of sentencing with some revealing results.

Join our experts as they talk about the work that is providing insight into community values around sentencing and why public education projects are a key part of the access to justice equation.

This event will be chaired by Radio National's Cathy Van Extel.

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Kate Warner

Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania

Professor Kate Warner is the Governor of Tasmania. Previously she was Professor, Faculty of Law, at the University of Tasmania and Director of the Tasmania Law Reform Institute.

She is the lead author on the 2017 research paper ‘Measuring Jurors’ Views on Sentencing: Results from the Second Australian Jury Sentencing Study’.

Margaret McMurdo

The Honorable Margaret McMurdo, AC

The Honorable Margaret McMurdo is the former president of the Queensland Court of Appeal, which she presided over from 1998 - 2017.

She was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2007 for service to the law and judicial administration in Queensland, particularly in areas of legal education and women’s issues.

Margaret currently serves as the Chair of Legal Aid Queensland.

Dan Rogers

Dan Rogers

Dan Rogers is a solicitor and a member of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council as well as the Secretary of Caxton Legal Centre.

He is also a Director at Robertson O'Gorman and holds both a Masters of Law and Specialist Accreditation in Criminal Law.




This event is proudly presented in partnership with the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council.

Refreshments will be provided following the panel discussion.

Tweet about this event using the hashtag #CaxtonJIFS.

The Justice in Focus Series is a set of regular public forums that enrich public debate on topics of local and national importance. Each forum features a panel of leading thinkers representing a range of socio-legal views on the topic.

Caxton Legal Centre partners with the law schools at Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland to present the series.


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