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Victoria puts an end to Suspended Sentences

October 22, 2013

 

Judges in Victoria’s Supreme and County Courts no longer have the option of imposing suspended sentences after new laws took effect last month.

 

A suspended sentence is where an offender is convicted and sentenced to imprisonment, but the jail term is suspended as long as the offender does not re-offend.

 

“This will include crimes such as culpable driving, serious theft and fraud and various drug trafficking offences,” Attorney-General, Robert Clark said.

 

The government expects that suspended sentences will be abolished in all courts within the next year, once the sentencing option is removed from the Magistrates' Court.

 

 

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