Sentencing Outcomes in the Children's Court

In 2015–16, the most used sentence in the Children’s Court was the good behaviour bond (imposed in 34% of cases). This was followed by probation (21%), youth attendance or supervision orders (14%), and fines (14%). Only 4% of cases received a custodial sentence.

Between July 2006 and June 2016:

  • the percentage of cases sentenced to a fine declined from 67% in 2006–07 to 14% in 2015–16. The high in 2006–07 was a result of large numbers of infringements being processed through the court
  • the percentage of cases sentenced to a good behaviour bond gradually increased from 16% in 2006–07 to 34% in 2015–16
  • the percentage of cases sentenced to probation increased from 7% in 2006–07 to 21% in 2015–16
  • the percentage of cases sentenced to a youth residential centre order or a youth justice centre order increased from 1.2% in 2006–07 to 4.1% in 2015–16.

Graph: the percentage of cases sentenced in the Children’s Court from July 2006 to June 2016 by sentence outcome

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Source: Court Services Victoria, unpublished data