Sentencing sex offenders in New South Wales: an interim report


Sentencing is often described as an art rather than a science. The reason for this becomes apparent when consideration is given to the multiplicity of factors that in any given case call for assessment by the trial judge. Not only must consideration be given to the nature and gravity of the offence in the light of the prescribed statutory maxima but also to the personality and background of the offender. How these factors are weighed in connection with sex crimes is the subject matter of this report. This report is part of a long-term study of the principles of sentencing as enunciated in the judgments of the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal.