October 6 2011 at 11:57

Few laws give the courts as much trouble as Parliament’s decision to impose minimum sentences for certain violent crimes.

Most of last month’s criminal decisions at the Supreme Court of Appeal, for example, dealt with this problem. The appeal judges had to decide whether the trial court properly applied the test that unless substantial and compelling reasons existed not to do so, people convicted of these crimes must be jailed for the prescribed period.

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