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Federal sentencing: The Queen v Pham

Federal offenders are almost exclusively dealt with in State courts. In some matters courts have compared criminality in federal offending and state offending. As a result of this there has been some divergence in the range of sentences across the states and territories. The High Court in The Queen v Pham [2015] HCA 39 held offenders should be sentenced in accordance with the range of sentences across all states and territories.

The High Court also affirmed the proposition that quantity of drugs is not the sole determiner of the appropriate sentence.

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