Sentencing in criminal cases    

Criminal sentencing options that the courts can give include:

The New South Wales Local Court also has a number of programs that may be recommended by the magistrate to address underlying causes of offending. These are outlined in Diversion programs.

Issues taken into account in sentencing

For information on the main issues that judges and magistrates take into account when sentencing an offender, see Sentencing Bench Book a guide to sentencing in Australia published by the Judicial Commission of Australia.

Support for families of people sent to prison

If you have had a family member, partner or close friend sentenced to a term in a correctional centre, you can:




The information on this site is a guide only and is not legal advice - see disclaimer.