Cases Sentenced in the Magistrates' Court

The Magistrates’ Court sentences the vast majority of cases in Victoria’s courts – over 90% of all cases sentenced. From July 2004 to June 2018, the Magistrates’ Court sentenced an average of 84,417 cases each year. In comparison, the higher courts (the Supreme and County Courts) sentenced an average of 1,932 cases per year. The Children's Court sentenced an average of 5,513 cases per year.

The number of cases sentenced in the Magistrates' Court has increased by 7.0% in five years, from 90,811 in 2013–14 to 97,133 in 2017–18. The number peaked at 99,723 cases in 2015–16.

Note: The percentages in the graph include cases that received a criminal justice diversion plan. The criminal justice diversion plan is not a sentence, but it is included because it is an important disposition available in the Magistrates' Court.

Number of cases sentenced in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria from July 2004 to June 2018

Hover over the line in the graph to display the number of cases for each year.

Year Number of cases
2004-05 72,945
2005-06 71,083
2006-07 71,656
2007-08 80,619
2008-09 82,452
2009-10 82,399
2010-11 77,126
2011-12 80,694
2012-13 84,423
2013-14 90,811
2014-15 94,477
2015-16 99,723
2016-17 96,293
2017-18 97,133

Source: Court Services Victoria, unpublished data.