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Information about courts and sentencing

Victim impact statement guide (PDF 160KB) 

Assists victims making a victim impact statement in the local, district or supreme court. Topics covered include:

  • What is a victim impact statement
  • Who can prepare a victim impact statement
  • When should a victim impact statement be prepared
  • What information should be in a victim impact statement
  • Where to obtain help in preparing a victim impact statement
  • Templates

Sentencing Information Package (PDF 288KB)

Jointly produced by the Victims Service, Criminal Law Review and the NSW Sentencing Council to assist victims of crime in understanding the sentencing process.

Note: This document is currently being updated to reflect changes to the criminal justice system that were approved by NSW Parliament in Oct 2017 and are taking effect from late 2017 through 2018.  For more information about these changes and how they affect victims go to:

Access to Court Documents - Information for Victims of Crime 
(PDF 109KB) 
Explains how victims of crime can access court documents from the local, district or supreme court. If you have been a victim of crime and there were criminal proceedings against the offender, you may be able to access court documents in those proceedings. You may be entitled to fee-free access to judgements and written evidence in those proceedings in which you are concerned.