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Supreme Court of Tasmania


In 1994 the Criminal Code Act 1924 was amended by the Criminal Code Amendment (Life Prisoners and Dangerous Criminals) Act 1994. The changes made by the amending Act included:

  • abolition of mandatory life imprisonment for murder and treason;
  • changes to the dangerous offender provisions so that the courts are required to sentence a person declared a dangerous criminal to a term of imprisonment;
  • giving persons declared to be dangerous criminals the right to apply for discharge of the declaration; and
  • allowing lifers and dangerous criminals the right to apply for resentencing.