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CRIMES (SENTENCING PROCEDURE) ACT 1999 - SECT 44
Court to set non-parole period
(1) Unless imposing an aggregate sentence of imprisonment, when sentencing an
offender to imprisonment for an offence, the court is first required to set a
non-parole period for the sentence (that is, the minimum period for which the
offender must be kept in detention in relation to the offence).
balance of the term of the sentence must not exceed one-third of the
non-parole period for the sentence, unless the court decides that there are
special circumstances for it being more (in which case the court must make a
record of its reasons for that decision).
(2A) Without affecting the
requirement to set a non-parole period for a sentence, a court imposing an
aggregate sentence of imprisonment in respect of 2 or more offences on an
offender may set one non-parole period for all the offences to which the
sentence relates after setting the term of the sentence.
(2B) The term of the
sentence that will remain to be served after the non-parole period set for the
aggregate sentence of imprisonment is served must not exceed one-third of the
non-parole period, unless the court decides that there are special
circumstances for it being more (in which case the court must make a record of
its reasons for that decision).
(2C) The court need not indicate the
non-parole period that would have been imposed for each offence had separate
sentences been imposed instead of an aggregate sentence unless it is required
to do so by section 54B.
(3) The failure of a court to comply with subsection
(2), (2B) or (2C) does not invalidate the sentence.
(4) Schedule 1 has effect
in relation to existing life sentences referred to in that Schedule.
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