We have released a new set of Sentencing Snapshots for six offences sentenced in the County and Supreme Courts of Victoria.
The six offences are:
- sexual assault
- persistent sexual abuse
- sexual penetration of a child aged 12 to under 16
- sexual penetration of a child aged under 12
The latest Snapshots cover sentences imposed in the five years to 30 June 2022. They include statistics on sentence types and lengths imposed on the most serious offence in a case (the ‘principal offence’).
All but one of the six offences (sexual assault) have an applicable standard sentence. A standard sentence is a ‘numerical guidepost’ that courts consider when sentencing a standard sentence offence. Standard sentences were introduced in 2018.
Court proceedings were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic over the five-year period covered in these Snapshots. For example, a dip in case numbers following March 2020 may reflect delays in court proceedings.
The new Sentencing Snapshots are available for download from our website.