Sentencing Outcomes in the Higher Courts

In 2017–18, the higher courts (the Supreme and County Courts) most frequently imposed sentences of imprisonment (72.1%) and community correction orders (13.7%).

In the 14 years to June 2018, the percentage of cases sentenced to imprisonment increased from 40.0% in 2004–05 to 72.1% in 2017–18.

The use of wholly suspended sentences and partially suspended sentences steadily declined, from 23.2% in 2011–12 to only 2.4% in 2017–18.  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 at 20.9% in 2015–16, before declining to 13.7% in 2017–18.

Percentage of cases sentenced in the higher courts of Victoria from July 2004 to June 2018 by sentencing outcome

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Source: Court Services Victoria, unpublished data.