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

  • Animal Cruelty Consultation

    What is this consultation about? The current sentencing guideline for animal cruelty, which can be found here , encompasses offences contrary to the following sections of the Animal Welfare Act 2006: section 4 (unnecessary suffering), section 8 (fighting, etc.) and section 9 (breach... More

    Closes 1 August 2022

  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme Review: supplementary consultation

    A consultation on the unspent convictions eligibility rule of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012. This consultation seeks to gather views on whether or not to revise the unspent convictions eligibility rule of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012 (the Scheme). ... More

    Closes 5 August 2022

  • Immigration legal aid: consultation for new fees for new services

    This consultation proposes new fees to ensure that immigration legal aid fees properly reflect the changes coming to the immigration system. The government invites all interested in the delivery of legally-aided asylum and immigration services to respond to this consultation on new... More

    Closes 8 August 2022

  • Sale of knives etc to persons under 18

    What is this consultation about? The Sentencing Council is proposing to issue two guidelines for the offence of the sale of knives etc to persons under 18 contrary to section 141A of the Criminal Justice Act 1988; one for sentencing individuals and one for sentencing... More

    Closes 24 August 2022

  • Law Commission issues paper on remote driving

    The Law Commission for England and Wales invites responses to its remote driving issues paper published on 24 June 2022. The Law Commission is considering the law surrounding remote driving, where a person outside a vehicle uses wireless connectivity to control a... More

    Closes 2 September 2022

Closed Consultations

  • Perverting the course of justice and Witness intimidation consultation

    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 proposed guidelines before they come into force and makes... More

    Closed 22 June 2022

  • Legal Aid Means Test Review

    In February 2019, the government announced a review of the means test for legal aid as part of the Legal Support Action Plan. This review has considered the legal aid means tests in the round, including the income and capital thresholds for civil and criminal legal aid eligibility, wider... More

    Closed 7 June 2022

  • Response to Independent Review of Criminal Legal Aid

    In December 2021 the department published Sir Christopher Bellamy QC’s independent review into criminal legal aid. This explored what is working well and what more could be done to improve criminal legal aid for providers and the public. We want to: Use legal aid to... More

    Closed 7 June 2022

  • Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs)

    The Deputy Prime Minister has launched an urgent call for evidence in response to the challenges presented by the increasing use of a form of litigation known collectively as SLAPPs – Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. SLAPPs can be characterised as an... More

    Closed 19 May 2022

  • Human Rights Act Reform: a Modern Bill of Rights

    The Government has now issued an Easy Read version and an audio version of the consultation. We will be allowing for extensions until 19 April only for those who would be assisted by an Easy Read or audio version in order to respond. This includes organisations who solely or greatly... More

    Closed 19 April 2022