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Penalty for Negligent or Unlawful Act etc Causing GBH | Section 54 Crimes Act NSW

The maximum penalty for the offence of “Causing grievous bodily harm”

According to the Judicial Commission of NSW, the actual penalties imposed for the offence are as follows:

Local Court:

Section 54 negligent or unlawful act, etc causing GBH

  • Community Service Order (now community correction order): 21.1%
  • Suspended Sentence (no longer available): 21.1%
  • Section 9 Bond (now community correction order): 15.8%
  • Prison: 15.8%
  • Section 10(1)(b)&(c) Bond: 10.5%
  • Fine Only: 10.5%
  • ICO: 5.3%

The average prison sentence for the offence is 11.7 months imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 5.4 months in prison.

District and Supreme Court:

Section 54 negligent or unlawful act, etc causing GBH

  • Section 9 Bond (now community correction order): 50%
  • Suspended Sentence (no longer available): 33.3%
  • Prison: 16.7%

The average prison sentence for the offence is 10 months imprisonment, and the average non-parole period (or minimum prison term that must be served) is 4 months in prison.

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