Appointments To The Sentencing Advisory Council

Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of Acting Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton and re-appointment of Kornelia Zimmer to the Board of the Sentencing Advisory Council (SAC).

Acting Deputy Commissioner Patton joined Victoria Police in 1978 and has held a variety of roles including Head of the Southern Metro Region and Assistant Commissioner for Traffic and Transit Safety.

He holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management, a Graduate Certificate in Police Management and a Diploma of Management.

Ms Zimmer was first appointed to the SAC Board in 2012 as a victim of crime advocate. She volunteers with various victims of crime organisations across Victoria, where she specialises in policy and research.

Ms Zimmer has also served as a Community Board Member of the Victorian Adult Parole Board since January 2014.

Established in 2004, the SAC is an independent statutory body that delivers up-to-date and accurate sentencing data to assist judges in their role, promotes consistency in sentencing outcomes, and informs the community on sentencing issues.

Most recently, the SAC produced a report into current sentencing practices around major drug offences – which found ice was the most common drug trafficked in commercial quantities in Victoria over the last five years.

For more information on the SAC, visit: www.sentencingcouncil.vic.gov.au/

Quotes attributable to Attorney-General Martin Pakula

“Acting Deputy Commissioner Patton has a long history of service to the community over more than three decades within Victoria Police, bringing vast and well-regarded experience to the table.”

“Ms Zimmer’s current role with the Adult Parole Board goes hand in hand with her work at the Council, where she has made a significant contribution over the last three years.”

“Both candidates have made considerable contributions to the justice system, and I am confident their expertise will be invaluable for the Sentencing Advisory Council in coming years.”