Sentencing Outcomes in the Higher Courts

In 2015–16, imprisonment (65%) and community correction orders (21%) were the most frequently imposed sentences in the higher courts (the Supreme and County Courts).

Between July 2006 and June 2016:

  • the percentage of cases receiving an imprisonment sentence increased from 46% in 2006–07 to 65% in 2015–16
  • the percentage of cases sentenced to a wholly or partially suspended sentence steadily declined from 32% in 2008–09 to only 2.1% in 2015–16. This decline has coincided with the phase-out of suspended sentences in the higher courts
  • the percentage of cases sentenced to a community-based order or community correction order increased from 4.8% in 2009–10 to 21% in 2015–16. Community correction orders were used at a higher rate than suspended sentences from 2013–14 onward.

Graph: the percentage of cases sentenced in the higher courts of Victoria from July 2006 to June 2016 by sentencing outcome

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Source: Court Services Victoria, unpublished data