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Sentencing Advisory Council

About the Sentencing Advisory Council

The Sentencing Advisory Council was established on 29 June 2010 by the then Attorney-General, Hon Lara Giddings MP, as an advisory body on matters concerning sentencing in Tasmania.  The Council provides the Attorney-General with high-level independent advice on sentencing in Tasmania to:

  • assist the Attorney-General make decisions relating to sentencing matters
  • improve the quality and availability of information on sentencing in Tasmania, and
  • educate the public about sentencing matters.

This involves a range of tasks including undertaking research and analysis on specific sentencing matters, providing advice, recommendations and/or reports to the Attorney-General on sentencing matters, obtaining community opinion on sentencing matters, and publishing information on such matters.

The Council often undertakes a project following a specific referral from the Attorney-General. However, the Council may undertake a research project on its own motion following discussion with the Attorney.

Members

Council members are chosen to represent a unique and balanced perspective on the sentencing process from an excellent knowledge base.  The Council includes a chairperson, three community members, and nominees from the legal profession, the Commissioner of Police, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the University of Tasmania and the Legal Aid Commission.

Members are not paid sitting fees and provide their expertise and service voluntarily.

The current members are:

Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg (Chair)

In 2013 Arie was appointed the Emeritus Professor of the Faculty of Law at Monash University.  In 2009 he was made a member of the order of Australia for his service to law, particularly in the fields of criminology and reform related to sentencing, legal education and academic leadership. Arie has been the Chair of the Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council since its inception in July 2004. Arie has around 130 publications on sentencing and various areas of the law.

Professor Rob White

Rob has been actively engaged with prison reform community groups and non-government organisations providing services to prisoners for a number of years. He has a strong interest in restorative justice and problem-solving approaches to criminal justice matters that seek to maximise benefit to victims, offenders and communities. He is Director of the Criminology Research Unit at the University of Tasmania, and has worked closely with police, courts and corrective services in several different states on a range of sentencing and crime prevention related issues.

Professor White is appointed as a member who has broad experience in community issues affecting the courts.

Mr Peter Dixon

Peter is a retired Magistrate. He was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1969 and appointed a Magistrate in September 1986.  He also sat as a Magistrate in the Northern Territory for 6 months in 2005. He retired in December 2012.

Peter was previously on the Council of the Australian Institute of Judicial Administration, regional convenor of the Judicial College of Australia and a member of the Standing Committee on the Reform of the Criminal Law and Procedure. He is a past President of the Tasmanian Bar Association and the Australian Association of Magistrates. He is still actively involved in legal education with The Centre for Legal Studies-the Legal Practice Course.

Mr Dixon is appointed as a member who has broad experience in community issues affecting the courts.

Ms Kate Cuthbertson

Kate was admitted to practice in 1999 and signed the bar roll in February 2010. She was appointed head of Malthouse Chambers in August 2014. Her areas of practice include criminal law (State and Commonwealth), professional conduct, general litigation, administrative law and coronial matters. Kate is also a member of the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal, the Mental Health Tribunal,  a deputy chairperson of the Tasmanian Racing Appeals Board and a Criminal Injuries Compensation Commissioner.  In addition to her work as a barrister, Kate holds a number of positions on government and not-for-profit boards and is a graduate of the AICD’s Company Director’s Course. Kate also assists deliver the Magistrates Court Practice and Advocacy Module at the Centre for Legal Studies.

Ms Cuthbertson  is appointed as a member who has broad experience in community issues affecting the courts.

Mr Scott Tilyard

Scott has been a member of the Tasmania Police Service for over 30 years and during this time he has been in uniform, criminal investigation and prosecution positions. He was appointed to the position of Deputy Commissioner and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Police and Emergency Management in 2011. Scott represents Tasmania on both the Australia New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee and the Australia New Zealand Emergency Management Committee. He is also Chair of the Department of Police and Emergency Management's Project Management Board and Audit Committee.

Scott has been awarded the Australian Police Medal, National Medal, National Police Service Medal, and Commissioner's Medal.

Deputy Commissioner Tilyard is appointed as a member who is a member of the police service.

Ms Terese Henning

Terese Henning is an Associate Professor in Law at the University of Tasmania where she has taught Evidence, Criminology, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Human Rights. Currently she is Director of the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute.  She is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust (1991 – present) and Tasmanian editor of the Criminal Law Journal. She has been the principal Chief Investigator on a large ARC grant investigating sexual offences laws in Tasmania and one Linkage grant analysing the use of evidence laws in quasi-judicial tribunals. Her current research interests include evidence law, human rights, sentencing and criminology. She has published widely in these areas including books and refereed journal articles. She is also currently investigating mechanisms to assist people with communication needs to participate in the criminal justice system and the logistics of establishing a drink driving list in the Tasmanian Magistrates Court.

Associate Professor Henning is appointed as a member who has experience as a senior member of the academic staff of a tertiary institution.

Ms Jill Maxwell

Jill has been the CEO of the Sexual Assault Support Service since 2015.

Jill initially spent 13 years with Tasmania Police prior to completing Bachelor Degrees in Social Work and Arts, Majoring in Psychology.  She then worked as a counsellor in the Family Violence Counselling and Support Service and spent nearly 10 years working with Volunteering Tasmania.

Ms Maxwell is appointed as a member who has experience in the provision of victim crime support in Tasmania.

Ms Kim Baumeler

Kim was admitted to practice in 1993 and became a partner with Butler McIntyre and Butler in 2004. In 2014 she took a position with Liverpool Chambers. Her practice includes all areas of the criminal spectrum as well as allied criminal justice matters.

Kim has extensive practical defence experience as well as an understanding of the workings of the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions. Kim is also an active member of a number of professional and community committees, boards and organisations including the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute Board (member), Crime Stoppers Tasmania (Director), National Criminal Law Committee (member), Mosaic Support Services (Chair), Eastside Lutheran College Board (member)  and the Council of St Peter’s Lutheran Church (Chair).

Ms Baumeler is appointed as a member who is a highly experienced defence lawyer.

Ms Linda Mason

Linda is Principal Crown Counsel at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and has worked with the DPP for over 20 years. Linda has provided training and education for various organisations including the University of Tasmania, Tasmania Police Academy, Tasmania Fire Service and The National Institute of Forensic Science. Linda has held professional memberships with the Bar Association, the Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society and is a current member of the Law Society of Tasmania.  On 30 April 2018 Linda was appointed Senior Counsel.

Ms Mason is appointed as a member who is a highly experienced prosecution lawyer.

Ms Rochelle Mainwaring

Rochelle has nineteen years' experience as a legal practitioner with both the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Legal Aid Commission, where she is currently Senior In-House Counsel and Deputy Criminal Practice Manager.  She has considerable policy experience in criminal law through her service on the National Legal Aid Criminal Law Working Group and Tasmania Law Society's Criminal Law Committee.

Ms Mainwaring is appointed as a member who has experience with legal aid in Tasmania.

Dr Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron

Dr Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron specialises in socio-legal studies, with a particular interest in police interaction with vulnerable people. She is the lead senior researcher on the vulnerability, police education, and law enforcement and public health research themes at the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies, University of Tasmania. In her teaching capacity, she coordinates the Tasmania Police Recruit Course for the University, within which she teaches on police interactions with vulnerable people and the related legislation. Isabelle sits on various international and Australian professional and research governance boards, such as the Australian Institute of Police Management Ethical Review and Research Governance Advisory Committee. She sits on the Australian Crime Prevention Council as the executive member for Tasmania.

Dr Bartkowiak-Théron is appointed as a member who has experience as a senior member of the academic staff of a tertiary institution.