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SENTENCING ACT 1991 - SECT 83A

Deferral of sentencing

S. 83A(1) amended by No. 77/2010 s. 21(1)
(a)(d)(e).

    (1)     If the Magistrates' Court or County Court finds a person guilty of an offence and—

S. 83A(1)(a) amended by No. 72/2004 s. 39,
repealed by No. 77/2010 s. 21(1)(b).

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S. 83A(1)(b) amended by No. 77/2010 s. 21(1)(c).

        (b)     the court is of the opinion that sentencing should, in the interests of the offender, be deferred; and

        (c)     the offender agrees to a deferral of sentencing—

the court may defer sentencing the offender for a period not exceeding 12 months.

S. 83A(1A) inserted by No. 77/2010 s. 21(2).

    (1A)     The court may defer sentencing the offender under subsection (1) for any one or more of the following purposes—

        (a)     to allow the offender's capacity for and prospects of rehabilitation to be assessed;

        (b)     to allow the offender to demonstrate that rehabilitation has taken place;

        (c)     to allow the offender to participate in a program or programs aimed at addressing the underlying causes of the offending;

        (d)     to allow the offender to participate in a program or programs aimed at addressing the impact of the offending on the victim;

        (e)     for any other purpose that the court considers appropriate having regard to the offender and the circumstances of the case.

S. 83A(1B) inserted by No. 77/2010 s. 21(2).

    (1B)     In making an order deferring a sentence under subsection (1), the court may determine the date at which the offender must re-appear before the court for a review of the order.

S. 83A(1C) inserted by No. 77/2010 s. 21(2).

    (1C)     Dates fixed under subsection (1B) must be between the date on which the order deferring the sentence is made and the date to which the proceeding has been adjourned.

S. 83A(1D) inserted by No. 77/2010 s. 21(2).

    (1D)     On the review of an order deferring a sentence under this section, the court may—

        (a)     take no further action; or

        (b)     cancel the order deferring the sentence and proceed to sentence the offender, as if the matter were an adjourned hearing to which subsection (3) applies.

S. 83A(1E) inserted by No. 77/2010 s. 21(2).

    (1E)     In making an order deferring a sentence under subsection (1), the court may order that any review of the order under subsection (1B) be dealt with by the court constituted by the person who made the order deferring the sentence.

S. 83A(2) amended by No. 77/2010 s. 21(3)(a).

    (2)     If the Magistrates' Court or County Court defers sentencing an offender, it—

S. 83A(2)(a) amended by No. 77/2010 s. 21(3)(b).

        (a)     must adjourn the proceeding for a period of up to 12 months; and

S. 83A(2)(b) amended by Nos. 68/2009 s. 97(Sch. item 110.59), 77/2010 s. 21(3)(c).

        (b)     may release the offender on his or her undertaking to attend before the court on the date fixed for sentence or release the offender on bail or extend his or her bail to that date; and

        (c)     may order a pre-sentence report in respect of the offender.

S. 83A(3) amended by No. 77/2010 s. 21(4).

    (3)     On the adjourned hearing, the court must, in determining the appropriate sentence for an offender, have regard to—

        (a)     the offender's behaviour during the period of deferral; and

S. 83A(3)(b) amended by No. 65/2011 s. 42.

        (b)     subject to section 8D, any pre-sentence report ordered under subsection (2)(c); and

        (c)     any other relevant matter.

S. 83A(4) amended by No. 77/2010 s. 21(5).

    (4)     If an offender is found guilty of an offence during a period of deferral under this section, the court may—

        (a)     re-list the adjourned proceeding on a day earlier than the day to which it was adjourned under subsection (2)(a); and

S. 83A(4)(b) amended by No. 77/2010 s. 21(5).

        (b)     on the adjourned hearing make any order that the court could have made if it had not deferred sentencing.

S. 83A(5) amended by No. 77/2010 s. 21(6).

    (5)     The court may order that a warrant to arrest be issued against the offender if he or she does not attend before the court on the adjourned hearing.

S. 83A(6) amended by No. 77/2010 s. 21(7).

    (6)     Nothing in this section removes any requirement imposed on the Magistrates' Court or County Court by or under this or any other Act to impose any disqualification on, or make any other order in respect of, a person found guilty or convicted of an offence, including an order cancelling or suspending a driver licence or permit or disqualifying the offender from obtaining one for any period.

Pt 3C (Heading and ss 83AB83AT) inserted by No. 65/2011 s. 43.

Part 3C—Sentences—contravention of sentence

Division 1—Offences

S. 83AB inserted by No. 65/2011 s. 43, repealed by No. 32/2013 s. 14.

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S. 83AC inserted by No. 65/2011 s. 43.



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