Supporting Discretionary Decision Making with Information Technology: A Case Study in the Criminal Sentencing Jurisdiction

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Hall, Maria Jean Johnstone, Calabro, Domenico, Sourdin, Tania, Stranieri, Andrew and Zeleznikow, John (2005) Supporting Discretionary Decision Making with Information Technology: A Case Study in the Criminal Sentencing Jurisdiction. University of Ottawa Law and Technology Journal, 2 (1). pp. 1-36. ISSN 1710-6028

Abstract

A number of increasingly sophisticated technologies are now being used to support complex decision-making in a range of contexts. This paper reports on a project undertaken to provide decision support in discretionary legal domains by referring to a recently created model that involves the interplay and weighting of relevant rule-based and discretionary factors used in a decision-making process. The case study used in the modelling process is the Criminal Jurisdiction of the Victorian Magistrate’s Court (Australia), where the handing down of an appropriate custodial or non-custodial sentence requires the consideration of many factors. Tools and techniques used to capture relevant expert knowledge and to display it both as a paper model and as an online prototype application are discussed. Models of sentencing decision-making with rule-based and discretionary elements are presented and analyzed. This paper concludes by discussing the benefits and disadvantages of such technology and considers some potential appropriate uses of the model and web-based prototype application.

Item type Article
URI http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/2767
Official URL http://www.uoltj.ca/articles/vol2.1/2005.2.1.uoltj...
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Law
Keywords ResPubID8615; decision-making process, criminal sentencing jurisdiction, information technology
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