The art of sentencing.


Monday 24th October 2022

Seminar | 4:30 PM-6:00 PM


Sentencing is both a process and an art. It is also one of the most challenging tasks that judicial officers grapple with.

Newly appointed judicial officers and those wanting a refresher, are invited to join Australia’s leading sentencing expert, Professor Arie Freiberg AM, Judge Fran Dalziel and Magistrate Michelle Hodgson, as they reflect on the sentencing task and share their tips for crafting a neutral and balanced sentence.

Hear about: 

  • How they approach the instinctive synthesis process 
  • Sentencing options 
  • Courtcraft including dealing with poorly prepared sentencing submissions, interpreting sentencing statistics and receiving victim impact statements 


Emeritus Professor Arie Freiberg AM
Arie Freiberg is an Emeritus Professor at Monash University. He was Dean of the Faculty Law at Monash University between 2004 and 2012. Before this, he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2003. He was appointed to the Foundation Chair of Criminology at the University of Melbourne in January 1991 where he served as Head of the Department of Criminology between January 1992 and June 2002. In 2013 he was appointed an Emeritus Professor of the 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. His particular areas of expertise are sentencing, non-adversarial justice and regulation. In July 2004, he was appointed Chair of the Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council. Between 2013 and 2021 he was Chair of the Tasmanian Sentencing Advisory Council. He is a member of the Council of the Judicial College of Victoria. He has authored around 180 publications in areas such as sentencing, confiscation of proceeds of crime, tax compliance, corporate crime, juries, juvenile justice, sanctions, victimology, superannuation fraud, trust in criminal justice, commercial confidentiality in corrections, dangerous offenders, the role of emotion in criminal justice and public policy, drug courts, problem-oriented courts, non-adversarial justice, environment protection and regulatory theory.
Judge Fran Dalziel
Judge Fran Dalziel was admitted to legal practice in 2001 and signed the Bar Roll in 2005. At the Bar she practised in criminal law / personal injury law, was appointed a Crown Prosecutor in 2012, and in 2018 was appointed as a Senior Crown Prosecutor where she was involved in the prosecution of several complex and high-profile matters on behalf of the State of Victoria. Judge Dalziel was appointed a Judge at the County Court of Victoria in 2020.
Magistrate Michelle Hodgson
Magistrate Hodgson was admitted as a solicitor in 1993 and initially worked as a Solicitor Advocate at Victoria Legal Aid, the Fitzroy Legal Service and the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service. In 1998 she went to the Bar and had a defence and prosecution practice. From 2005 to 2006, she worked as in-house legal counsel for the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions. In 2008 she was appointed a Magistrate and has worked at the Children’s Court (2016 to 2018), as a Coroner (2018 to 2020) and as a judicial member of the Adult Parole Board (2017 to 2020).