SENTENCING LAW AND POLICY

LAW2SLP

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Most people charged with a criminal offence are sentenced, which involves the loss of individual liberty, a fundamental right of our society.

This subject examines the law and practice of sentencing in Victoria. The substantive law of sentencing is examined, the theoretical bases of sentencing are critically evaluated and the relationship between political processes, policy and legislation is explored.

Students attend a weekly three hour lecture seminar on campus and another day a week go on a field trip to an institution involved in sentencing, such as a prison.

Students are also taught advocacy skills which and will conduct a plea in mitigation of sentence in a moot court hearing as part of their assessment.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBen Walsh

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted to a Bachelor of Laws degree or with permission from the Director of Programs (LLB) LAW1LIM, LAW1CRL

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Entrance into the course is by application only.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsVictorian Sentencing ManualPrescribedNAJudicial College of Victoria

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of Victorian sentencing law and procedure.

Activities:
Moot plea in mitigation of sentence
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

02. Apply your knowledge of sentencing law and procedure to practical situations.

Activities:
Moot plea in mitigation of sentence
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

03. Critically evaluate sentencing law, policy and practice in Victoria.

Activities:
Essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

04. Apply legal research skills to a practical legal problem.

Activities:
Moot plea in mitigation of sentence
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

05. Be able to create and present a persuasive oral argument in a court room setting.

Activities:
Moot plea in mitigation of sentence
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

06. Develop the skill of reflective practice

Activities:
Reflective journal
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

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