Criminology Research Council grant ; (23/82)
This report contains an analysis of 276 cases which were heard in the District Court of New South Wales over the period 1980-82. A small number of cases were found to be inconsistent or statistically anomalous as far as sentencing was concerned. Also, the researchers claimed that there appeared to be inconsistencies in the application of 'no bills' to certain drug cases. The report concluded with recommendations for the development of a Court Information System, the establishment of a Sentencing Council and a Probity Council, and the provision of statutory support for necessary data collection. These research findings and recommendations were subsequently the subject of extensive public discussion in New South Wales, particularly in relation to a government decision to establish a Judicial Commission.