Below is a breakdown of how well past Legal Studies students answered questions that related to sentencing and punishment. Answers with an asterisk are the correct answers.
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A magistrate orders an offender to serve six months in gaol, to be served only if toffender is not of good behaviour during this time. This is an example of
This question involved the concept of the types of penalties with 41.5% of candidates answered it correctly.
The purpose of specific deterrence in sentencing is to:
This question involved the concept of the purpose of punishment with 74.7% of candidates answering it correctly.
The police hold Susan in custody because they believe she may commit a serious crime. What is this an example of?
This question involved the concept of the post-sentencing considerations – preventative detention. 56.5% of candidates answered it correctly.
Which of the following is true of a victim impact statement?
This question involved the concept of victim impact statements and was the second-least successfully answered question with 30.1% of candidates answering it correctly.
Kim is 12 years old. She has been accused of shoplifting from a major retail store.
The matter has proceeded to court.Which of the following applies to Kim?
This question involved the concept of doli incapax and was the fifth-least successfully answered question with 33.4% of candidates answering it correctly.
Judy was charged with murder. Her defence of substantial impairment by abnormality of the mind was accepted. Judy was then convicted of manslaughter in a judge-only trial. She had prior serious criminal convictions and was sentenced to three years imprisonment.
In this case an appeal is most likely to be made by:
This question tested students’ knowledge of appeals, and 42.6% of candidates answered it correctly.
To what extent does the criminal investigation process balance the rights of victims, suspectsand society?
This was an extended response question on the criminal investigation process. A number of candidates incorrectly used information from sentencing and punishment, which resulted in the overall mean for the question being 7.36/15.
08 May 2023
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