use of mandatory sentencing in Western Australia
Prepare a report that explains the use of mandatory sentencing in Western Australia.
Your report should be between 1500 and 1800 words
Report Format. Please use the template provided in the Assessment section of
Blackboard. Your document should be 1.5 space and should follow the format provided in
the template. Please note the referencing requirements. Avoid the use of first person
narrative (I, me, my, etc).
Your report should include:
An explanation of what mandatory sentencing is and the general reasons for
A description of the offences where mandatory sentencing is applied in
Western Australia, making reference to the relevant legislation.
A discussion of the benefits of mandatory sentencing, including arguments in
favour of reducing the degree of discretion for judges to consider the specific
circumstances of each case (as outlined in relevant legal and criminological journals);
A discussion of the criticisms of mandatory sentencing, including arguments
against reducing the degree of discretion for judges to consider the specific circumstances
of each case (as outlined in relevant legal and criminological journals);
A conclusion regarding mandatory sentencing, including its purpose, benefits
and criticisms and whether the use of mandatory sentencing should continue in Western
Australia. Note: Your conclusion and recommendations should be logically drawn from the
information you have discussed.