Guideline judgments are court decisions that give guidance to judges in relation to how they should sentence offenders. One purpose of guideline judgments is to reduce inconsistency in sentencing and help to make sure like cases are treated alike.
Guideline judgments might contain guidelines that apply generally, or guidelines that apply to specific courts, to specific offences, or to specific classes of offenders.
Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW) contains a scheme for guideline judgments in sections 36-42A.
The Attorney General can apply for a guideline judgment and the Court of Criminal Appeal can issue guidelines on its own motion.
Following is a list of guideline judgment applications in NSW.
High Range PCA
Attorney General's Application No 3 of 2002  NSWCCA 303
Attorney General's Application No 2 of 2002  NSWCCA 515 This application was refused.
Break, Enter & Steal
Wong and Leung  NSWCCA 420 This decision was overruled.
Wong v The Queen; Leung v The Queen  HCA 64
Jurisic  NSWSC 597.
This decision was reformulated in
R v Whyte  NSWCCA 343