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Ennis, Kiwana (2003) Mandatory minimum sentences in S. 15A drug cases. The Bar Review , 8 , (1) , pp. 30-35.

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Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1999 inserted a new S.15A into the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977 which introduced the specific offence of possesions of drugs with a market value of over 10,000 Irish Pounds, and applied a mandatory minimum sentence with respect to these offences. However S.27(3)(C) of the Misuse of Drugs Act,1977, as amended, does leave an element of discretion to the trial judge to impose a lesser sentence in certain circumstances. This article analyses a number of those decisions to determine how the new legislation has been applied by the courts and whether any clear patterns have emerged.


Item Type:Article
Page Range:pp. 30-35
Publisher:Bar Council of Ireland
Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:MM-MO Crime and law > Law enforcement and the justice system
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
MM-MO Crime and law > Criminal penalty

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