Sentencing Outcomes in the Higher Courts

In 2016-17, the most frequently imposed sentences in the higher courts (the Supreme and County Courts) were:

  • imprisonment (73.5%)
  • community correction orders (14.0%).

Some key trends for the 10 years to June 2017 were:

  • the percentage of cases sentenced to imprisonment increased from 45.8% in 2007-08 to 73.5% in 2016-17
  • the percentage of cases sentenced to a wholly suspended or partially suspended sentence steadily declined, from 23.2% in 2011-12 to only 2.3% in 2016-17.  This decline coincides with the phase-out of suspended sentences in the higher courts beginning in 2011
  • the percentage of cases sentenced to a community correction order peaked in 2015-16 at 20.9% before declining in 2016-17 to 14.0%.

Percentage of cases sentenced in the higher courts of Victoria from July 2007 to June 2017 by sentencing outcome

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Source: Court Services Victoria, unpublished data.