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Victorian Sentencing Manual

Victorian Sentencing Manual (VSM) is written by the Judicial College of Victoria (JCV). The 4th edition of the VSM, which has been extensively edited and redesigned, was published late 2019 and is freely available on the JCV website.


Victorian Sentencing Manual and Case Summaries

Sentencing Manual and Case Summaries contains recent sentencing cases from the Victorian Court of Appeal and the County Court. These summaries describe the principal facts of the decisions and identify the final sentencing outcome for each case. The summaries are grouped by offence:

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Sentencing Snapshots

Sentencing Snapshots are compiled by the Sentencing Advisory Council of Victoria. The snapshots include data for 31 offences heard in the Victorian County Court and Supreme Court of Victoria. They cover a five-year period for each offence and are updated every two years.

SACStat

SACStat, compiled by the Sentencing Advisory Council of Victoria, is a comprehensive database of statistics showing sentencing outcomes for adult offenders in Victoria. The database contains 200 offences sentenced in the Victorian County Court and Supreme Court of Victoria by offence name and over 500 offences sentenced in the Magistrates' Court.

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General Trends in Sentencing for Victorian Courts

Sentencing Trends Data, compiled by the Sentencing Advisory Council of Victoria, covers the higher courts (County and Supreme Courts), Magistrates' Court and Children's Court:

Guide to Sentencing Schemes, created by the Sentencing Advisory Council of Victoria, provides an overview of sentencing schemes that apply to particular offences in Victoria. 

It includes all Category 1 and 2 offences, standard sentence offences, statutory minimum sentences and Category A and B serious youth offences as at 1 January 2021.

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Mental Impairment and Personality Disorders

The 2020 COA judgment of Brown v The Queen [2020] VSCA 212 has impacted the forensic assessment of personality disorder and its relevance to sentencing.

Cases

Diagnostic tools

JCV Resources

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