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Criminal sentencing is changing in NSW


On 24 September 2018, there will be a HUGE shake-up to sentencing law in NSW.

New laws are about to start that will substantially change the sentencing options when you go to Court for a criminal matter.

What’s changing?

  • Section 10 Bonds – gone.
  • Section 9 Bonds – gone.
  • Community Service Orders – gone.
  • Suspended Gaol Sentences – gone.
  • Home Detention – gone.

But don’t panic. Most of these will be replaced by a different kind of sentence that will work in much the same way but under a different name. Except for suspended sentences. They really are gone.

The new equivalent to a Section 10 bond will now be a sentencing option called a Conditional Release Order (CRO). There can be a variety of conditions attached to this order. Conditional Release Orders can be with a conviction, or, without. The one without a conviction will, for all practical purposes, be an equivalent to a section 10(1)(b) bond.

Importantly not only are new sentences after 24 September 2018 changing, but existing sentences will be converted over on to the new system (except for suspended sentences which are being phased out). Again, don’t panic, it won’t affect any of the current conditions of your current sentence. It’s just going to be called something else.

Have questions? Armstrong Legal’s Criminal Law team is fully briefed and ready to go with all of these changes.

Written by Angela Cooney on September 21, 2018

Angela is able to assist clients with all criminal offences such as assaults, drug charges, traffic matters, theft, break and enters, firearms, sexual offences and apprehended violence orders. Angela is an experienced Court advocate having appeared in the Local and District Court, the Court of Criminal Appeal as well as in Federal jurisdictions in a multitude of matters, including complex strictly indictable trials. View Angela's profile


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