Sentencing Outcomes in the Magistrates' Court

In 2015–16, the most frequently imposed sentences in the Magistrates' Court were fines (58%), adjourned undertakings (12%), and community correction orders (11%).

Between July 2006 and June 2016:

  • the percentage of cases receiving an imprisonment sentence increased to 6.9% in 2015–16, up from 4.4% in 2010–11
  • the percentage of cases sentenced to a wholly or partially suspended sentence decreased sharply, from 6.0% in 2013–14 to 0.5% in 2015–16. This decrease coincided with the abolition of suspended sentences in the Magistrates’ Court for offences committed on or after 1 September 2014
  • the percentage of cases sentenced to a community-based order or a community correction order increased from 6.0% in 2006–07 to 10.5% in 2015–16. In 2011–12, community-based orders or community correction orders were used for the first time at a higher rate than wholly or partially suspended sentences
  • the percentage of cases receiving a discharge or dismissal increased from 2.6% in 2006–07 to 6.5% in 2015–16.

Graph: the percentage of cases sentenced in the Magistrates’ Court from July 2006 to June 2016 by sentence outcomes

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Source: Court Services Victoria, unpublished data