Sentencing Outcomes in the Magistrates' Court

In 2016-17, the most frequently imposed sentences in the Magistrates' Court were:

  • fines (55.4% of sentenced cases)
  • adjourned undertakings (14.3%)
  • community correction orders (10.5%).

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

  • the percentage of cases sentenced to imprisonment increased to 8.1% in 2016-17, up from 4.2% in 2007-08
  • 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 coincides 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 correction order (or a community-based order before January 2012) increased from 5.3% in 2007-08 to 10.5% in 2016-17. Most of this increase began in 2011-12. The community correction order replaced the community-based order on 16 January 2012
  • The percentage of cases receiving an adjourned undertaking increased from 9.9% in 2007-08 to 14.3% in 2016-17.

Note: The figures in this graph include cases that received a criminal justice diversion plan. Although the criminal justice diversion plan is not a sentence, it has been included in these figures because it is an important disposition available in the Magistrates' Court.

Percentage of cases sentenced in the Magistrates’ Court from July 2007 to June 2017 by sentencing outcome

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Source: Court Services Victoria, unpublished data.