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The Sentencing Act 1995 provides a wide and effective range of sentencing options for the courts.

For offences at the lower end of the scale, the court may or may not grant a spent conviction order when one of the following sentences is applied:

  • release without sentence
  • conditional release order
  • fine
  • community-based order

For more serious offences, a conviction must be recorded and the court may impose:

  • an intensive supervision order
  • suspended imprisonment.

In the case of more serious offences, which still demand immediate imprisonment, a conviction will be recorded and the courts have the following range of options:

  • prison sentence - parole eligible; finite prison sentence
  • life imprisonment
  • indefinite imprisonment.

The courts cannot impose a prison term of six months or less (except where the offender has already been sentenced for another offence).

Last updated: 9-Jun-2017

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