Consultation Hub

This site lists consultations that are run by the Ministry of Justice.

For more information on current government consultations go to GOV.UK.

Open Consultations

  • Changes to the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines and associated explanatory materials

    What is this consultation about? The Sentencing Council has received suggestions from guideline users in magistrates’ courts on improvements that could usefully be made to guidelines and the explanatory materials that accompany them. The Council has considered these helpful... More

    Closes 15 April 2020

  • Consultation on Improving the Victims’ Code

    Being a victim of crime can be life-changing, and how people are treated within the justice system can make a huge difference to their ability to cope and recover. As Victims’ Minister I believe it is crucial that victims receive the help and support they need, but this should not be at the... More

    Closes 16 April 2020

  • Proposed rule changes relating to contempt of court: redraft of CPR Part 81

    The Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) is considering whether amendments should be made to Civil Procedure Rules Part 81 concerning the practices and procedures on contempt of court. Given the wide-ranging nature of the rules on contempt, this is a cross-jurisdictional,... More

    Closes 1 May 2020

  • Drug Offences Consultation

    Why Drug offences? The Sentencing Council’s Drug Offences Definitive guideline came into force in February 2012. It includes guidelines for sentencing offences of importation/exportation, supply, possession with intent to supply, production, permitting premises to be used, and... More

    Closes 7 May 2020

  • What next for the Sentencing Council?

    Public consultation to help shape the future objectives and priorities of the Sentencing Council. **The closing date of this consultation has been extended to 9 September 2020** More

    Closes 9 September 2020

Closed Consultations

  • Law Commission Consultation on Automated Vehicles: Passenger services and public transport

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission. The consultation questions are drawn from our second consultation paper published as part of a three-year review of automated vehicles. For more information about this... More

    Closed 3 February 2020

  • Firearms Offences

    What is the Sentencing Council? The Sentencing Council is the independent body responsible for developing sentencing guidelines which courts in England and Wales must follow when passing a sentence. The Council consults on its proposed guidelines before they come into force and makes... More

    Closed 14 January 2020

  • Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme: Towards a more sustainable service

    The government is consulting on proposals to change the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme. The aim of these proposals is to ensure that the Scheme is sustainable into the future, in order to maintain this vital service for those who need it. The key proposals in this consultation are: ... More

    Closed 3 January 2020

  • Terrorism Guideline Consultation

    Why Terrorism Again? The Sentencing Council issued a package of definitive terrorism guidelines in March 2018 which came into effect on 27 April 2018. At the time of developing the current guidelines, the Council was aware that the Government was contemplating changes to... More

    Closed 3 December 2019

  • Law Commission call for evidence on intermediated securities

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales. Shares and bonds are increasingly held through a system of “dematerialisation” and “intermediation”. In other words, most paper certificates have been replaced by a system in which most investors “own”... More

    Closed 5 November 2019