- The JIRS statistics now include the new and varied penalties which became available on 24 September 2018 when the criminal penalty options in NSW were overhauled.
- The statistics viewer has been enhanced to include a case characteristic filter for domestic violence offences, improved communications tools, and access to relevant offence provisions and maximum penalties on the statistics page.
- The sentencing statistics are one of many resources available on JIRS to assist courts with the sentencing exercise. Informed use of statistics by practitioners optimises the assistance provided to a sentencing court.
On 24 September 2018, the sentencing landscape in NSW changed and the penalty options available to courts dealing with criminal matters were overhauled. The Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Sentencing Options) Act 2017 removed good behaviour bonds, community service orders and section 12 suspended sentences as sentencing options. Conditional release orders and community correction orders were introduced, together with a range of conditions better suited to the rehabilitative needs of the offender and the protection of the community. The sentencing statistics available on the Judicial Information Research System (‘JIRS’) now accommodate these new sentencing options in all relevant jurisdictions.
A closer look at JIRS statistics
The statistics containing the penalty options available from 24 September 2018 are displayed separately to the penalty options prior to that date.
The JIRS statistics viewer has also been enhanced as follows: