When an accused person admits responsibility for an offence, or if they are found guilty, a sentencing hearing will be set down in which a Judge will pronounce the sentence for a particular crime.
Members of Chambers appear at sentencing hearings on a weekly basis and are extremely familiar with the types of written and oral submissions that the Court requires for sentencing hearings which will allow the presiding Judge to view the client in the best possible light.
All members of Chambers have enormous experience in recognising the mitigating features to highlight to the court in order to give their clients the best chance of a fair sentence. That requires careful analysis of the facts of the case, consideration of the probation report, meetings with the client and their family and an assessment of the prosecution submissions. All of our Barristers are aware that the Sentencing Act covers all aspects of sentencing hearings and we use that to get the best possible sentence for our clients.
We have access to sentencing digests and databases which allow us to find the most relevant sentencing authorities to present to the Court by way of comparison with the case that we are arguing at the time.
We recognise that prison is a last resort for Judges but sometimes when serious offences are admitted or if a client is found guilty then members of Chambers will strive to obtain the fairest sentence for the client and their families.