The Parliament of Queensland enacts—
This Act may be cited as the Penalties and Sentences (Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council) Amendment Act 2016 .
This part amends the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 .See also the amendments in schedule 1.
insert—any written views of the council about giving or reviewing a guideline judgment
After part 11—
insert—The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council is established.(1)The functions of the council are—(a)if asked by the Court of Appeal, to give the court the council’s views, in writing, about the giving or reviewing of a guideline judgment; and(b)if asked by the Attorney-General, to advise the Attorney-General on matters relating to sentencing; and(c)to give information to the community to enhance knowledge and understanding of matters relating to sentencing; and(d)to publish information about sentencing; and(e)to research matters about sentencing and publish the outcomes of the research; and(f)to obtain the community’s views on sentencing and matters about sentencing.(2)To help in performing its functions, the council may consult with, and ask for information from, the judiciary, government departments and other entities.statistical information about crime held by a government departmentThe council has the power to do anything necessary or convenient to be done in the performance of its functions.(1)The council consists of not more than 12 members appointed by the Governor in Council, by gazette notice, on the recommendation of the Attorney-General.(2)At least 1 member of the council must be an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander.(3)In recommending a person to the Governor in Council, the Attorney-General must be satisfied the person has expertise or experience relevant to the functions of the council, including, for example, in relation to the following—(a)victims of crime;(b)justice matters relating to Aboriginal people or Torres Strait Islanders;(c)justice matters relating to domestic and family violence;(d)vulnerable persons facing the criminal justice system;•persons who have a mental illness•persons who have an intellectual or other disability•persons who have a substance abuse problem•homeless persons(e)law enforcement;(f)crime prevention;(g)criminal prosecutions;(h)criminal defence representation;(i)civil liberties;(j)corrective services, including offender rehabilitation;(k)juvenile justice matters;(l)criminal justice policy;(m)criminal law, including sentencing;(n)criminology.(1)The Governor in Council may, on the recommendation of the Attorney-General, appoint—(a)a member of the council to be the chairperson of the council; and(b)another member of the council to be the deputy chairperson of the council.(2)A member may be appointed as the chairperson or deputy chairperson at the same time the person is appointed as a member.(3)The chairperson or deputy chairperson holds office for the term, ending not later than the person’s term of appointment as a member, stated in the person’s appointment as chairperson or deputy chairperson.(4)The deputy chairperson must act as chairperson—(a)during a vacancy in the office of chairperson; and(b)during all periods when the chairperson is absent from duty or for another reason can not perform the duties of the office.(1)A member of the council holds office for the term, not longer than 3 years, stated in the member’s instrument of appointment.(2)Subsection (1) does not prevent a member from being reappointed.(1)A member is entitled to be paid the remuneration and allowances decided by the Governor in Council.(2)A member holds office on the terms, not provided for by this Act, decided by the Governor in Council.(3)The members are appointed under this Act and not the Public Service Act 2008 .(1)A member’s office becomes vacant if—(a)the member resigns office by signed notice given to the Attorney-General; or(b)the member’s appointment is terminated by the Governor in Council under subsection (3).(2)A notice given by a member under subsection (1)(a)—(a)must—(i)state the day the member’s resignation takes effect; and(ii)be given to the Attorney-General at least 30 days before the stated day; and(b)takes effect on the stated day or another day agreed between the member and the Attorney-General.(3)The Governor in Council may terminate the appointment of a member if the Attorney-General recommends that the member’s appointment be terminated.(4)The Attorney-General may recommend that a member’s appointment be terminated only if satisfied that the member—(a)is incapable of performing the member’s duties; or(b)has been convicted, including by summary conviction, of an indictable offence; or(c)has neglected the member’s duties or performed them incompetently or inefficiently.A decision of the council is not invalidated by—(a)a defect or irregularity in the appointment of a member of the council, including in the appointment of the chairperson or deputy chairperson; or(b)a vacancy in the membership of the council.Subject to this division, the council may conduct its business, including its meetings, in the way it considers appropriate.A quorum for a meeting of the council is a majority of the council’s members for the time being.(1)The chairperson presides at all meetings of the council at which the chairperson is present.(2)If the chairperson is absent from a meeting, the deputy chairperson presides.(3)If neither the chairperson nor deputy chairperson is present at a meeting, a member of the council chosen by the members present is to preside.(1)A question at a council meeting is decided by a majority of the votes of the members present at the meeting.(2)Each member present at a meeting has a vote on each question to be decided.(3)If there is an equality of votes at a meeting, the member presiding at the meeting also has a casting vote.(4)A member present at a meeting may abstain from voting.(5)A meeting may be held using any technology allowing reasonably contemporaneous and continuous communication between members.teleconferencing(6)A member who takes part in a meeting under subsection (5) is taken to be present at the meeting.The council must keep minutes of its meetings.(1)The council may, with the chief executive’s approval, engage persons with suitable qualifications and experience to help the council in performing its functions.(2)The engagement may be in an honorary capacity or for remuneration.(1)The council must give the Attorney-General a written report—(a)each financial year, by the date requested in writing by the Attorney-General; and(b)otherwise, as requested in writing by the Attorney-General.(2)A report under subsection (1)(a)—(a)must include information about—(i)performance of the council’s functions, in particular about the provision of information to the community to enhance knowledge and understanding of matters about sentencing; and(ii)the work to be carried out by the council in the future in performing the council’s functions; and(b)must be tabled in the Legislative Assembly by the Attorney-General within 14 sitting days after the Attorney-General receives the report.
This part amends the Criminal Law (Criminal Organisations Disruption) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013 .
Section 2(3), ‘1 July 2016’—
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Schedule 1 amends the Acts it mentions.
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insert—(a)is declared to be a guideline judgment by the Court of Appeal; and(b)contains guidelines to be taken into account by courts in sentencing offenders, being guidelines applying—(i)generally; or(ii)to a particular court or class of court; or(iii)to a particular offence, or class of offence, including under a Commonwealth Act; or(iv)to a particular penalty or class of penalty; or(v)to a particular class of offender.impose, a term of imprisonment on an offender for an offence, for part 9, division 3, see section 160.(a)means a penalty or imprisonment ordered to be paid or served, or another order made, by a court after an offender is convicted, whether or not a conviction is recorded; and(b)for part 10A—includes an order made by a court to deal with the offender for an offence instead of passing sentence.
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