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


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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.