The sentencing process in the District and Supreme Courts usually happens in two stages:

  1. A hearing for sentencing submissions.
  2. A hearing for the court to deliver the sentence.

Usually, the court will adjourn after hearing the submissions so the judge can consider everything before deciding on the sentence, but sometimes it can be on the same day.

At the sentencing submissions hearing, the prosecutor and the defence lawyer make submissions to the court about the matter. This is also when victim impact statements are provided or read out to the court.