Crime Assessment Notification
Electronic copy is due in Turnitin by 11.55pm on Monday 21st October, 2019
Hard copy is due in your GLA class on Tuesday 22nd October, 2019.
Ensure that your written work is typed in 12-point font, 1.5 line spaced and follows a a
critical analysis structure.
You must include references in text and as a Reference List at the end of the report. You
must follow APA 6th Style Referencing as used in English. The University of Sydney’s APA
referencing guide can be found on the Study Smart site.
You must have the Cover Sheet and Anti-Plagiarism Form with all details completed
and your signature attached. This Form can be found on the Study Smart site.
You need to print out the case and hand it in with the assignment on the due date
Word Limit: 1000 words maximum
1. You need to find a New South Wales Sentencing decision from 1 June 2019 (NOT
2. You should summarise the case and critically analyse the sentence handed down by
3. About 60% of the assignment should be summary. The summary must be of the key
factors the Judge gave (i.e. what facts did the court take into account when deciding
the sentence/ how did the court reason in justifying the decision and what sentence
did they impose).
4. Around 40% should be devoted to critically analysing whether or not the sentence
and the Judge’s reasons for that sentence were justified.
If you have found a case and are unsure whether it is suitable, discuss it with your teacher.
However, if you don’t understand it- it is probably worth looking for another case!
How to find a case?
This is a search engine which looks for New South Wales cases. Use this.
In Catchwords type the word sentencing
In the first date range box type the following: 01/ 06 / 2019
Leave the date range box “to” blank
Leave all other boxes blank unless you want to search for a specific type of offence-
in which case the name of the offence in the box “free text”
How to summarise
Your summary should:
outline the facts of the case (what were the KEY findings of fact – what happened?);
explain what the offender was convicted of;
outline something of the offender themselves- were they young? Old? Mentally ill?
Discuss any aggravating and mitigating factors, and
explain the decision of the Judge. (Was the offender jailed? How long? Any
How to critically analyse
Your critical analysis should:
* focus on the purposes of the sentence (e.g. punishment, rehabilitation, removal from
* discuss whether the decision was justified in the light of any aggravating or mitigating
You MUST refer to this document to support your points
Higher ability students will be able to refer case law, statute and to this document in support
of their critical analysis:
* In particular the sections on the Purposes of Sentencing, Sentencing Options and Imposing
a Sentence may be useful.
* If it applies to your case, the sections on Mental Illness and Sentencing Aboriginal
offenders may also be useful.
How to write your response?
The title of your piece should be “A Critical Analysis of Name of your case”
You need an introduction and conclusion which states your thesis. You need to start with
the summary and then move into the critical analysis. The critical analysis should support
You must edit your work.
You must follow the conventions of English and use in-text referencing.
The case and the Hot Topics document should appear in your reference list.
You must submit through Turnitin (your teacher will notify when Turnitin is available). Do not
Academic Integrity and Turnitin in Study Smart:
All Assignments are to be submitted to Study Smart where you will obtain a Turnitin Report
identifying content that is not your own to provide you with an opportunity to make changes.
Your first submission to Turnitin must be at least four college days prior to the
You must review your similarity score on Turnitin and if it is greater than the Percentage
allowed for this assignment by your faculty you must edit your work and resubmit at least
two college days prior to the submission date.
Plagiarism and cheating will result in a penalty.
st offence = 0 for task
nd offence = 0 for coursework
rd offence = 0 for that subject
An Assignment Cover Page must be attached to the paper copy that you hand to your
teacher. Do NOT attach to the electronic version.
The paper copy and the electronic version must be identical otherwise you will receive a
zero (0) grade. If your teacher does not require a paper copy you are still required to submit
the signed cover sheet.
Read the Notes on the Assignment Cover Page before you sign and submit it with your
Maximum Turnitin Percentage allowed: 10%
Penalties for Late Submission of an Assignment:
20% deduction for 1 day.
40% deduction for 2 days.
60% deduction for 3 days.
Zero from that point onwards
An extension may be granted due to illness if you submit a Medical Report. See further
Medical Report for late Assignments:
If an Assignment is late due to illness a Medical Report form (found in Study Smart) needs to
be completed by a Registered Medical Practitioner (doctor) in order to have the opportunity
to reverse the rules above.
For more information see:
You will be assessed on your ability to:
Write a clear, precise and relevant explanation of the key facts of the case.
Critically evaluate the decision
Identify and apply legal concepts and terminology.
Communicates legal information using well-structured and logical arguments.
CRIME ASSESSMENT TASK
Demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of
the effectiveness of the legal system in addressing different
issues and critically evaluates the effectiveness of the law in
achieving justice for individuals and society. Applies sophisticated
analysis and use of legal vocabulary
Demonstrates a sound knowledge and understanding of the
effectiveness of the legal system in addressing different issues
and in achieving justice for individuals. Presents substantial
argument for and against the effectiveness of the law in achieving
justice. Applies sustained analysis using appropriate legal
Briefly discusses the effectiveness of the legal system in
addressing different issues and in achieving justice for
individuals. Presents some arguments for and against the
effectiveness of the law in achieving justice. legal and non- legal
responses to this issue. Communicates using some legal
Demonstrates a basic understanding of the effectiveness of the
legal system in addressing different issues and in achieving
justice for individuals. Communicates using basic terms.
Demonstrates an inadequate understanding of the effectiveness
of the legal system in addressing different issues and in
achieving justice for individuals .Shows limited communication