Cases Sentenced in the Children's Court

The number of cases sentenced in the Children’s Court of Victoria was at a ten-year low in 2015–16, when 3,090 cases were sentenced.

The highest number of cases sentenced in the Children’s Court was in 2006–07, when 10,681 cases were sentenced. This number was a product of:

  • the introduction of an infringement notice system for children
  • the expansion of the definition of child (and the expansion of the jurisdiction of the Children’s Court) to include people aged 17 at the time of the alleged offence.

Graph and table: the number of cases sentenced in the Children’s Court from July 2006 to June 2016

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Year Number of cases
2006–07 10,681
2007–08 8,970
2008–09 6,719
2009–10 6,385
2010–11 5,532
2011–12 4,719
2012–13 4,366
2013–14 3,989
2014–15 3,731
2015–16 3,090

Source: Court Services Victoria, unpublished data