Court orders and sentencing

A court order or sentence is the punishment given to you by a judge if a court decides you are guilty of a crime.

You can be given either:

Find out more information on sentencing and community work

Find out more information on going to prison

What your sentence depends on 

Your sentence will depend on many different factors. 

These can include any of the following:

  • the seriousness of the crime
  • whether you have history of similar crimes
  • if you pleaded guilty or not guilty.

Young people are treated differently by the courts.

Find out more information on young people in court.

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Last updated: 27 June 2017