Changes to Sentence by the Court of Appeal

In September 2017, the Council commenced an analysis of higher courts (the County and Supreme Courts) sentence appeals in Victoria. This project follows up on the Council’s Sentence Appeals in Victoria: Statistical Research Report (2012) but has a narrower scope.

The report will consider all cases originally sentenced in the higher courts during the 2013–14 financial year.  A three and a half year follow-up period to December 2016 (the reference period) has been selected to address the following research questions:

  • What proportion of cases sentenced in the higher courts had their sentence changed on appeal during the reference period?
  • What proportion of successful appeals were initiated by the offender or the Crown?
  • Which sentence types and lengths were most likely to be successfully appealed?
  • Which offences were most likely to have their sentences successfully appealed?
  • What was the amount, or degree, of change between the original and the appealed sentence?