SACStat – Magistrates’ Court User Manual

This user manual is also available in PDF via the link at the bottom of this page.

SACStat – Magistrates’ Court contains data on offenders who had proven criminal charges finalised in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria between July 2011 and June 2014.

Previous Versions of SACStat

The Sentencing Advisory Council launched SACStat in November 2012 with sentencing data from the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria only. Magistrates’ Court sentencing data were expanded and updated in June 2013 and October 2014. Higher courts sentencing data were incorporated into SACStat in October 2014 and updated in May 2015 and in March 2016.

Accessing SACStat

From the SACStat home page, click on Magistrates’ Court to open SACStat – Magistrates’ Court.

SACStat can also be accessed from the Sentencing Advisory Council’s website via the Quicklinks menu.

Accessing Sentencing Data within SACStat – Magistrates’ Court

There are two ways to find sentencing data for an offence: Legislation Index and Offence Search. Both are accessed from the horizontal menu on the top of each page.

Sentencing data in SACStat – Magistrates’ Court are presented according to offence type. Therefore, it is important that you know the name of the offence to access the relevant sentencing data. 

The Legislation Index presents each offence under its Act of parliament. Acts are listed in alphabetical order in the A to Z menu across the top of the Legislation Index page. Offences contained in each Act are listed according to section. Common law offences are listed under C in the Legislation Index.

Clicking on an offence name opens a link to the sentencing statistics for that offence.

Offence Search allows you to search the Legislation Index. On the Offence Search page, type in all or part of the name of the offence you are interested in and click the Search button. All offences matching your search criteria will be displayed. Boolean operators such as AND, OR, NOT, or NEAR are not supported, and it is important that you use the correct spelling.

Magistrates’ Court Graphs

In SACStat – Magistrates’ Court, sentencing data presented in graphs are grouped into three categories:

  • outcomes – cases – the type of sentence imposed for cases
  • outcomes – charges – the type of sentence imposed for charges
  • details by outcome – the length or amount of sentence imposed for cases and charges.

Each of these three categories of data has its own tab (immediately below the header menu).

Outcomes – Cases

Data presented within outcomes - cases relate to the type of sentence imposed on all cases in which the offence of interest occurred.

Statistics presented include:

  • the total number of cases
  • the percentage of cases that received each sentence type.

This information is presented in separate graphs for all people, as well as for individual gender and age groups.

Outcomes – Charges

Data presented within outcomes – charges relate to the type of sentence imposed on each charge of a given offence.

Sentence type data include:

  • the total number of charges
  • the percentage of charges that received each sentence type.

Details by Outcome

Data presented within details by outcome relate to the sentence quantum. For each sentence type, quantum data include the percentage of cases/charges that received each quantum range.

For imprisonment sentences, the following quantum data are presented:

  • total effective sentence in months for cases
  • non-parole period in months for cases
  • imprisonment length in months by aggregation for charges.

For partially suspended sentences, the following quantum data are presented:

  • total effective sentence in months for cases
  • length in months by aggregation for charges
  • part to serve by aggregation for charges.

The quantum data presented for wholly suspended sentences, community correction orders, intensive correction orders, and community-based orders are the length of sentence in months for charges according to whether the sentence is an aggregate or non-aggregate sentence.

For fines, the quantum information presented is the amount in dollars of the fine imposed on charges according to whether the fine is an aggregate or non-aggregate sentence.

Viewing Data as Tables

All data presented in graphs are also available in table form. Tables can be accessed by clicking on the View Underlying Data link at the bottom of each offence page.

Printing

SACStat pages can be printed using the print menu in your web browser.

Exclusions

The SACStat – Magistrates’ Court excludes data on:

  • criminal offences sentenced in the Supreme and County Courts of Victoria
  • criminal offences sentenced in the Children's Court of Victoria
  • sentences imposed by the Magistrates’ Court for breach of a previous sentence
  • changes to Magistrates’ Court sentences as a result of successful appeals to the County Court
  • local law offences
  • Commonwealth offences
  • offences occurring in cases where the principal offence is a Commonwealth offence
  • cases where a person successfully completes a criminal justice diversion program
  • offences where the total number of charges across the three-year period to June 2014 is less than 40.

SACStat – Higher Courts

The Higher Courts module of SACStat can be accessed directly from within SACStat – Magistrates’ Court via the header menu.

Further Information

Further information about SACStat – Magistrates’ Court is available on the Methodology and Glossary pages of SACStat – Magistrates’ Court and the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Council’s website.

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