Types of sentence
There are many types of sentence that a judge or magistrate can pass – depending on the facts of a crime and its seriousness.
These include the most common types of sentences such as fines which are given for lower level offences, up to life sentences in prison for the most serious crimes.
The judge or magistrate will decide the type and length of sentence depending upon the facts of each individual case, referring to sentencing guidelines and the law.
For an overview of the different types of sentence, have a look at this short video. (If you cannot view the video you can read the transcript here.)