IPA Research Recommends New Way To Boost Confidence In The Courts

This is the media release for my October 2018 report, Victim appeal: how to address manifestly inadequate sentences.

“Australians deserve to have courts they can trust to always apply common sense standards of justice,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs.

“Giving victims the right to direct an appeal against manifestly inadequate sentences will help to restore the public’s confidence in the courts,” said Mr Bushnell.

New research from the IPA’s Criminal Justice Project finds that Australians have consistently reported low confidence in the performance of the courts, and there is reason to believe that this is, in part, based on rare but high profile cases in which judges hand down sentences that depart from normal community standards.

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