Cases Sentenced in the Magistrates' Court

The vast majority of cases sentenced in Victoria’s courts are sentenced in the Magistrates’ Court – around 92.4% of all cases sentenced. In the 10 years from July 2007 to June 2017, the Magistrates’ Court sentenced an average of 86,902 cases a year. In comparison, an average of 1,915 cases per year were sentenced in the higher courts (the Supreme and County Courts combined), and an average of 5,242 cases were sentenced per year in the Children's Court.

The number of cases sentenced in the Magistrates' Court increased by 14.1% over the five years to June 2017, from 84,423 in 2012-13 to 96,293 in 2016-17. In 2016-17, the number of cases sentenced in the Magistrates' Court decreased for the first time since 2010-11: 3,430 fewer cases were sentenced in 2016-17 than in 2015-16.

Note: The figures in this graph include cases that received a criminal justice diversion plan. Although the criminal justice diversion plan is not a sentence, it has been included in these figures because it is an important disposition available in the Magistrates' Court.

Number of cases sentenced in the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria from July 2007 to June 2017

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

Year Number of cases
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

Source: Court Services Victoria, unpublished data.