Sentencing Council

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Sentencing powers of the Local Court ​

This report responds to two terms of reference provided to the Council by the Attorney General. The first requested that the Council examine personal violence cases finalised in the Local Court to determine whether the court's jurisdictional limit produced a significant number of sentences that are not commensurate with the objective seriousness of the offence. The second asked the Council to examine the relative merits of increasing the sentencing powers of the Local Court in respect of:

(a) the maximum penalty that may be imposed in relation to a single offence from two to five years imprisonment; and

(b) the maximum property value in relation to indictable 'break and enter' offences that may be dealt with summarily from $15,000 to $60,000.

Read An examination of the sentencing powers of the Local Court of NSW [PDF 948KB]