Cases Sentenced in the Magistrates' Court

The vast majority of cases sentenced in Victoria’s courts are sentenced in the Magistrates’ Court (around 90% of all cases sentenced). In the ten-year period from July 2006 to June 2016, the Magistrates’ Court sentenced an average of 84,438 cases a year. By comparison, an average of 1,950 cases were sentenced in the higher courts (the Supreme and County Courts) and an average of 5,818 cases were sentenced in the Children's Court.

The number of cases sentenced in the Magistrates' Court increased by 24% over the five years to June 2016, from 80,694 in 2011–12 to 99,723 in 2015–16.

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

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Year Number of Cases
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

Source: Court Services Victoria, unpublished data