Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What considerations are taken into account in relation to a suspended sentence?

Reference to rehabilitation is often cited as the reason behind the imposing of a suspended sentence as Kirby J noted in Dinsdale v The Queen (at 347; 335; 579 [81]):

“There is a line of authority in Australian courts that suggest that the primary consideration will be the effect such an order will have on rehabilitation of the offender, which will achieve the protection of the community which the sentence of imprisonment itself is designed to attain. But most such statements are qualified by judicial recognition that other factors may be taken into account. The point is largely one of emphasis.”


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