Tasmanian Sentencing - Pt 1 - Homicide and Violence

One of the crucial parts of criminal law is knowing "what is it worth?" While almost all crimes under Tasmanian law carry a maximum sentence of 21 years jail, this is not the case in practice: some crimes, like manslaughter, are more serious than others. The fundamental work in this area, written more than 15 years ago, was the piece Sentencing in Tasmania by Professor (now Governor) Kate Warner. However, what has changed in the last 15 years? What are the sentences now?

This article contains original research, reviewing the sentences of the Supreme Court of Tasmania over the last 9 years - from 2008 to 2016 - that answer these questions.

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Part 1 - Homicide and Violence

Sentencing in Tasmania, written by (now Governor) Professor Kate Warner has been a fundamental text for both lawyers and judiciary operating in the state’s criminal courts. At the encouragement of practitioners and judiciary, what follows is a review and update of the sentencing tariffs apparent from the Comments on Passing Sentence issued by the Supreme Court of Tasmania for the period 2008 to 2016.


This is the first in a series of articles that will provide some guidance as to where the tariffs lie, and where they have moved over the past 20 years since Sentencing in Tasmania. The next article will focus on sentenci