Helen Fatouros to join Sentencing Advisory Council

Helen Fatouros to join Sentencing Advisory Council

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Director Criminal Law Helen Fatouros
Director Criminal Law Helen Fatouros

Director Criminal Law Helen Fatouros has been appointed to the Sentencing Advisory Council which advises the Attorney-General on sentencing issues.

The Sentencing Advisory Council was established under the Sentencing Act 1991 to bridge the gap between the community, the courts and government by informing, educating and advising on sentencing issues. Other functions include gauging public opinion on sentencing and publication of research, which involves the Council participating in a national study on public opinion about sentencing.

Helen is one of 12 Council members who represent a range of perspectives and who are drawn from a broad spectrum of professional and community backgrounds.

This wide range of expertise and experience is designed to ensure robust debate on sentencing issues, based on a practical understanding about how the criminal justice system operates in the community.  Members are appointed for their experience and not as representatives of the organisation they are primarily employed by.

Helen said she was excited about her appointment to the Council.

'The work of the Sentencing Advisory Council is incredibly important in advising the Attorney, supporting the courts and informing the community about sentencing issues. 

'I am a passionate advocate of a balanced and fair justice system that is accessible to all and I am honoured to be serving the community in my capacity as a member of the Sentencing Advisory Council.'

Acting Managing Director Meagan Keogh offered her congratulations.

'I am delighted at Helen’s appointment to the Sentencing Advisory Council.

'Helen’s expertise and extensive experience in sentencing issues at both the Office of Public Prosecutions and Victoria Legal Aid mean she is perfectly placed to contribute to sentencing issues in Victoria.'

More information

See Sentencing Advisory Council

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