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.
Which court has appellate jurisdiction to hear criminal law matters?
This question was about appellate jurisdiction, and cut across the criminal trial process and sentencing, with 71.3% of candidates answering it correctly.
Which of the following is a purpose of punishment?
This question was about the purpose of punishment and 61.7% of candidates answered it correctly.
Mark is charged with an offence and the matter is brought to court by a police prosecutor. It is his first offence. Mark is found guilty and sentenced.
What type of offence and penalty would most likely apply to Mark?
This question tested students’ understanding of type of offence from the "Nature of Crime" section of the syllabus, and of type of penalties from the "Sentencing" section of the syllabus. 51.1% of candidates answered it correctly, making it the fourth-least successfully answered objective question.
Daniel, a 14-year-old, is convicted of a public order offence. This is his first recorded conviction.
Which of the following is the most likely penalty for Daniel?
This question dealt with penalties for young offenders. It was the least successfully answered question, with 14.3% of candidates answering it correctly.
A well-known public figure has served his full sentence of 20 years for a violent crime. He has been denied release because of aggressive behaviour in prison.
What is this an example of?
This question involved the concept post-sentencing considerations – continued detention. 82.1% of candidates answered it correctly.
A person has been found guilty of aggravated assault. The judge has heard from the victim as well as referring to similar court cases prior to sentencing.
Why has the judge referred to similar cases?
This question looked at judicial guidelines, and 68.4% of candidates answered it correctly.
Legislation has been changed to require mandatory imprisonment for a particular offence. Ken commits this offence and it is recorded on CCTV. This is his first offence. Ken is convicted and is awaiting sentencing. A community group expresses concern about this law.
What action should the community group take to best help Ken?
This question tested students' understanding of mandatory sentencing, and 58.3% of candidates answered it correctly.
How effective are domestic and international measures in dealing with transnational crime?
This was an extended response question on transnational crime. As transnational crimes are dealt with domestically candidates were required to discuss sentencing and punishment options available to judges when dealing with people who commit transnational crimes. This question had a mean result of 5.99/15.
08 May 2023
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