This chapter discusses patterns in plea negotiation outcomes. Building on the 14 forms of negotiations discussed in Chap. 4, it provides a unique insight into which types of crimes more commonly feature in negotiations. This is important as it highlights unique trends in negotiations such as the low numbers of negotiated sexual offence cases—a global issue—and what factors may influence this trend. It also examines the recent prioritisation and changes in policies pertaining to policing and prosecuting family violence across Australia, which has resulted in more cases proceeding to contested hearing. Accordingly, this chapter considers why negotiations are considered a legitimate way for cases to resolve, when the practice sits at odds with the public interest approach used in family violence matters.
KeywordsFamily violence Sexual violence Sex offences Plea bargaining Guilty pleas Sex offenders’ registry
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