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LAWS458 Sentencing


The law relating to sentencing the criminal offender, including theories of punishment, the mechanics of the sentencing process, the use of probation and psychiatric reports, sentencing alternatives.

An examination of the principles and practice of sentencing. A key feature of sentencing is that it is discretionary, but the sentencing judge is constrained by the requirements of the Sentencing Act 2002 and by sentencing levels as evidenced in similar cases. Topics will include the nature and purpose of punishment; statutory and judicial sentencing principles; sentencing alternatives; and the mechanics of sentencing - the sentencing and appeal process, including the roles of prosecution and defence counsel.

Paper title Sentencing
Paper code LAWS458
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1000
Points 15 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $672.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,118.80

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96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
(i) Not all optional papers will be available in any given year. (ii) Pending approval this paper may be offered in 2018 Summer School.
Teaching staff

Dr Danica McGovern

Course materials are provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will acquire practical skills through the plea in mitigation/judgement exercise.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41