Sentencing Explained

A podcast series by the NSW Sentencing Council. 

Sentencing Explained is a podcast about NSW sentencing trends and practices. Join Chair of the NSW Sentencing Council, the Hon Peter McClellan AM KC, in conversation with esteemed guests including judges, police, public interest lawyers, prosecutors, victims’ advocates, and Sentencing Council members. They provide a window into the NSW justice system for Legal Studies students, law students, lawyers, and anyone interested in criminal law.

Episodes are released on Mondays. A study guide will be available with every episode to help students strengthen their understanding of the content.

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Sentencing Explained Trailer

Welcome to Sentencing Explained! A podcast by the NSW Sentencing Council. Listen in to the trailer to find out what’s to come. 

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Read trailer transcript

Peter McClellan: Sentencing is a controversial topic. You often hear complaints that a sentence is too low, especially when the offender is guilty of a violent or sexual crime.

This podcast, Sentencing Explained, is brought to you by the NSW Sentencing Council. In this podcast series, we will talk with a number of judges of different NSW courts who will discuss the statutory framework for sentencing and how judges go about their tasks.

We will also talk to prosecutors, defence counsel and discuss imprisonment and the parole system. We hope you will find the podcast interesting and informative.

Jim Minns: Sentencing Explained: the new podcast from the NSW Sentencing Council, will be available on all podcasting platforms in October.

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