Introduction:
Your assessment for this unit requires you to write an evaluation on the way in which the legal system deals with juvenile offenders. This lesson we will construct a piece of writing together to demonstrate how to obtain maximum marks for your assessment. We will use the controversial topic of plea bargaining as the subject matter for which to evaluate. The aim of this lesson is to teach you information organising and processing, and help you build a response about the effectiveness of the Australian legal system.
Question:
Evaluate the effectiveness of plea bargaining in achieving justice for all stakeholders involved in a crime.
Resources:
Use the following resources to help construct your response:
- http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/publications.nsf/key/ResearchBf102002
- http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/01/10/2135545.htm

Case Study: R vs. Laupama 2001 (NSW)
R. Laupama hung his 5 year old daughter, Tayla and then kidnapped his de-facto wife and their two other children and drove to Sydney with the dead body of his daughter in the boot of the car. In transit he was pulled over, detained by police and placed under arrest.
Laupama was later diagnosed with a major depressive illness and the DPP found that there were no reasonable grounds for a murder conviction based on the grounds of substantial impairment. A plea bargain was made and Laupama pleaded guilty to manslaughter and received a substantially reduced sentence.
This agreement was made without the consultation of Laupama’s de-facto wife, who was left feeling very dissatisfied with the legal system.
Organising your information:
Consider the following questions:
1. What is a plea bargain?
2. When is a plea bargain made?
3. What piece of legislation established the use of plea bargaining in the judicial process?
4. Create a table outlining the advantages and disadvantages of plea bargaining.
5. What issues associated with plea bargaining are raised in the case R vs. Laupama 2001 (NSW)?
6. Do you believe plea bargaining achieves justice? Why or why not?

Writing an Evaluation:
The document below takes you through a step by step process on how to write and evalution. Using the information you have found above begin constructing your evaluation using th spaces provided.