Faculty of Law

National Jury Project

National Jury Sentencing Research Project (the National Jury Project)

This is the webpage for the National Jury project. This project is being undertaken by Professor Kate Warner (University of Tasmania), Associate Professor Julia Davis and Dr David Plater (University of South Australia), Dr Lorana Bartels (University of Canberra), Professor Geraldine Mackenzie (Southern Cross University); Professor George Zdenkowski (University of Tasmania) and Dr Lynne Roberts (Curtin University). This research is funded under the Linkage Grants Scheme of the Australian Research Council. The Linkage Partners include the Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council, the Justice Department (Tasmania), the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration and the ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner.

The purpose of this research is to ascertain informed public attitudes to sentences imposed by the courts in relation to:

  • sentencing severity in sex offence cases;
  • the relative severity of types of sex offence;
  • the relevance of aggravating and mitigating factors in the sentencing of offenders; and
  • to compare public attitudes across different states and territories.

Download the juror information sheet for this study.

Download the information sheet for controls for this study.

This project is in the early stages of commencement but so far we have started recruiting jurors and controls in Tasmania, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.

Project materials for researchers' access only.