Date of this Version

February 2003

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

This article is published in On Line opinion: (Australia's ejournal of social and political debate)
Lincoln, R. (2003). Megan's laws and re-trials don't help: the Judges' decision should be final. On Line Opinion. 3 February.
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[Extract] The criminal justice system, at least in theory, is meant to be equitable, display stability and reflect finality. This concept of finality is under threat from recent law-and-order moves to exact greater punishments, namely proposals to scrap the double jeopardy rule and to introduce sex-offender notification laws. At both the front and back ends of justice processes, those who subscribe to the "more law equals more order" view are attempting to extend the reach of the criminal law.



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