In 2020–21, the higher courts (the County and Supreme Courts) most frequently imposed sentences of imprisonment (74.1%) and community correction orders (11.8%).
In the 17 years to June 2021, the percentage of cases sentenced to imprisonment increased from 39.6% in 2004–05 to 74.1% in 2020–21.
The use of wholly suspended sentences and partially suspended sentences steadily declined, from 23.4% in 2011–12 to only 1.9% in 2020–21. This decline coincides with the phase-out of suspended sentences in the higher courts beginning in 2011.
The percentage of cases sentenced to a community correction order peaked at 20.9% in 2015–16, before declining to 11.8% in 2020–21.
Percentage of cases sentenced in the higher courts of Victoria, by sentencing outcome
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Source: Court Services Victoria, unpublished data. Note that the data may be subject to revision to reflect amendments to records in Court Services Victoria’s databases.