After a person has been convicted of an offence (the offender), he or she will be sentenced.
Sentencing is a very crucial element of the criminal justice process. If the offender is to be sentenced in a superior court (Supreme Court, District Court), a pre-sentence report and possibly other reports (psychiatric, psychological) will be ordered by the court. This will delay the sentencing hearing date. In the magistrates court, reports are not usually required and the offender can be sentenced immediately after a conviction is recorded.
Should you, or anyone you know, need representation for a sentencing hearing, contact Lawson Legal for a free initial consultation with one of our experienced criminal lawyers.