The Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic) outlines a range of available sentencing types (sentencing orders) for adults found guilty of offences in Victoria.
Under section 5(3) of the Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic), a court must not impose a sentence that is more severe than necessary to achieve the purpose or purposes for which the sentence is imposed. This is known as the principle of parsimony.
Available Sentence Types
The main sentence types available for adults in Victoria are:
- drug treatment order
- community correction order
- adjourned undertaking
- dismissal or discharge.
A court can also impose additional orders to the sentence given to an adult offender.
Statistics for Sentencing Types
We publish sentencing statistics on this website that show which sentencing types are imposed in Victoria, including:
- sentencing trends for both the Magistrates’ Court and the higher courts
- sentencing outcomes in the higher courts for select offences in our Sentencing Snapshots series
- sentencing outcomes in the Magistrates’ Court and higher courts in our online database of sentencing statistics (SACStat).
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