New edition of Federal Sentencing Guide

The fourth edition of the Federal Sentencing Guide is now available from the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP).

The new edition updates a number of chapters and reflects the law as at 1 December 2020.

The edition also completes the description (commenced in the third edition) of changes made by the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Act 2020 (Cth).

In particular it describes the changes made by that Act in relation to sentencing for Commonwealth child sex offences.

The guide revisions were prepared by Desmond Lane of the Victorian Bar and a full list of updates is included.

CDPP Assistant Director Lisa West says the new edition is intended as a comprehensive resource not only for CDPP lawyers, but for all legal practitioners, judicial officers, and others who deal with the sentencing of federal offenders.

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