Closed Consultations

  • Modern Slavery Offences Consultation

    This consultation seeks views on a draft of the first dedicated sentencing guidelines for offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. These draft guidelines can be found here: https://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/offences/crown-court/item/slavery-servitude-and-forced-or-compulsory-labour-human-trafficking-for-consultation-only ... More
    Closed 15 January 2021
  • Alignment of the fees for online and paper civil money and possession claims

    This consultation sets out the proposal for the alignment of online and paper civil fees. The aim of this proposal is to: ensure that our courts and tribunals have the necessary resources to deliver their much-needed services; ensure that those who can afford to pay a fee, pay the same fee regardless of whether they lodge a claim online or via the paper route; and simplify the existing fees structure We also invite respondents to complete... More
    Closed 30 December 2020
  • Law Commission consultation on hate crime laws

    The Law Commission is reviewing the law in relation to hate crime. For more information about this project, click here. We recommend that you read the Consultation Paper before responding to the consultation. A shorter summary is also available. You can read our full Consultation Paper ( here ) ; and You can read the summary of our consultation paper ( here ) . ... More
    Closed 24 December 2020
  • Law Commission summary consultation on hate crime

    The Law Commission is reviewing the law in relation to hate crime. For more information about this project, click here. This is the page to enter your responses for the shorter, summary version of our consultation paper. If you wish to respond to the questions in the longer, full length Consultation Paper please click here . To start answering our consultation questions, please click on the link at the bottom of this page. FAQs Do I have to answer all the... More
    Closed 24 December 2020
  • Law Commission consultation on the post conviction confiscation regime

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales. In 2018 the Law Commission agreed with the Home Office to review the law on confiscation contained within Part 2 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The primary aims of this review are to improve the process by which confiscation orders are made, to ensure the fairness of the confiscation regime, and to optimise the enforcement of confiscation orders. For more... More
    Closed 18 December 2020
  • Law Commission consultation on reform of the communications offences

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales. Reform of the law is needed to protect victims from harmful online behaviour including abusive messages, cyber-flashing, pile-on harassment, and the malicious sharing of information known to be false. The Law Commission is consulting on proposals to improve the protection afforded to victims by the criminal law, while at the same time provide better safeguards for freedom of expression. ... More
    Closed 18 December 2020
  • Law Commission executive summary consultation on the post-conviction confiscation regime

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales. In 2018 the Law Commission agreed with the Home Office to review the law on confiscation contained within Part 2 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The primary aims of this review are to improve the process by which confiscation orders are made, to ensure the fairness of the confiscation regime, and to optimise the enforcement of confiscation orders. For more... More
    Closed 18 December 2020
  • Law Commission consultation on consumer sales contracts: transfer of ownership

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales. We are consulting on a draft Bill to reform the rules on the transfer of ownership of goods as they apply to consumers. The draft Bill seeks to implement recommendations we made in our 2016 report, Consumer prepayments on retailer insolvency, available here . We are seeking views on whether the draft Bill successfully implements the recommendations we made in our 2016 Report, and the impact of... More
    Closed 31 October 2020
  • Consultation on the mandatory retirement age for judicial office holders

    The UK justice system is known across the world for its excellence, objectivity and impartiality. This is due, in no small part, to the exceptional expertise of our courts and tribunal judges, our coroners, and our valued magistrates. Our independent judiciary uphold and exercise the rule of law every day, often on the most difficult legal, technical and sometimes moral issues of our time, underpinning the foundation of our democracy, and helping safeguard fairness and freedom in our... More
    Closed 16 October 2020
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme Review 2020

    The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (the Scheme) is a statutory scheme that exists to compensate victims of violent crime in Great Britain. Its core purpose is to recognise, through compensation, the harm experienced by victims injured as a result of violent crime, including physical and sexual assault as well as domestic terrorist attacks. The Scheme was last reviewed in 2012. The cross-Government Victims Strategy of September 2018 included undertakings to do more for... More
    Closed 9 October 2020
  • Strengthening the Independent Scrutiny Bodies through Legislation

    This consultation explores a number of options to strengthen the Arm’s Length Bodies’ ability to scrutinise and improve accountability within the criminal justice system, more specifically relating to prisons, probation and custodial settings . It also considers extending the tenure of the interested senior public appointees, as well as placing the National Preventive Mechanism on a statutory footing. Please note that this is not a public consultation but is... More
    Closed 30 September 2020
  • Assault Offences

    Why Assault offences? The Sentencing Council’s Assault Definitive Guideline was the first guideline developed by the Sentencing Council and came into force in 2011. It includes guidelines for sentencing offences under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861: section 18 GBH (causing grievous bodily harm/wounding with intent); section 20 GBH (inflicting grievous bodily harm/unlawful wounding); section 47 ABH (Assault occasioning actual bodily harm) and section 38 Assault with... More
    Closed 15 September 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
    Closed 9 September 2020
  • Proposal on the future of Medway County and Family Court

    Update: 27 January 2021 The consultation explained that the lease of Anchorage House was due to expire at the end of January 2021. Following negotiations between the landlord of the building and HMCTS, a lease extension has now been agreed to the end of June 2021. Medway County and Family Court will continue to operate as normal until that time, at which point we will be required to vacate the property. Once the process of analysing the consultation responses is complete,... More
    Closed 11 August 2020
  • Criminal Legal Aid Review: An accelerated package of measures amending the criminal legal aid fee schemes

    This consultation was extended on 27 March until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic; the consultation will now close on Wednesday 17 June. Criminal defence practitioners play a crucial role in upholding the rule of law. As a former criminal barrister, I greatly value the huge contribution the criminal defence profession makes to our society. I understand the pressures you are under and the need to ensure that you are paid fairly for the work you do. ... More
    Closed 17 June 2020
  • Consultation on Improving the Victims’ Code

    As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, this consultation has been extended and will now run until 28 May 2020. 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 expense of them being treated with respect and sensitivity. Following a... More
    Closed 28 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 possession, all relating to drugs controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (the MDA). The Council evaluated the guideline and published its assessment in June 2018. The evaluation found... More
    Closed 7 May 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, public consultation aimed at all users and potential users of not only the civil justice system in England and Wales, but also other jurisdictions, including people with an interest in procedural... More
    Closed 1 May 2020
  • 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 suggestions and has produced this short consultation paper in order to seek the views of a wide range of guideline users on the proposals. The proposed changes relate chiefly to the Magistrates’... More
    Closed 15 April 2020
  • 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 project, click here . The focus of our second consultation paper is how passenger-only automated vehicles might be used to supply passenger transport services to the public. We recommend that... More
    Closed 3 February 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: Contracting for individual courts rather than larger geographical areas Allowing providers to claim for the scheme fee in addition to the follow up Legal Help fee ... 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 terrorism legislation which could impact on sentencing guidelines. At the time of publication, the Government was yet to announce the introduction of a Bill which might take forward the changes and... 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” securities indirectly, through computerised credit entries held through a chain of intermediaries. However, this system of intermediated securities has been the subject of criticism over issues of... More
    Closed 5 November 2019
  • Consultation in relation to the treatment of Calderbank offers when determining issues relating to costs

    The Family Procedure Rule Committee (FPRC) established a judicially-led working group (the Costs Working Group) in November 2018 to undertake a review, and to engage in ‘blue sky thinking’ in relation to the functioning of the current costs regime in financial remedies cases, and, where appropriate, to make recommendations for reform of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010). One key area concerned encouraging parties to engage reasonably and responsibly in... More
    Closed 31 October 2019
  • The Law Commissions' Consultation on Surrogacy

    This is a joint public consultation by the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission. The Law Commissions are reviewing the law and regulation of surrogacy. Surrogacy is the practice of a woman (the "surrogate") agreeing to become pregnant, and deliver a baby, with the intention of handing him or her over shortly after birth to another set of parents (the "intended parents"), who will care for, and raise, the child. For more information about this... More
    Closed 11 October 2019
  • Proposals for revising the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime

    Becoming a victim of crime is often a traumatic experience, which can have a profound and deeply personal impact on the victim. How people are treated immediately after a crime, and subsequently within the justice system, can make an important difference, not just in helping them play their part in seeing justice delivered, but in helping them to move on from what has happened. Our justice system is highly respected around the world. We want to continue to build on this to... More
    Closed 11 September 2019
  • Assessing risk of harm to children and parents in private law children cases

    Progress update The call for evidence has now closed and the panel are considering the vast amount of evidence gathered. They aim to publish their findings in the coming months. A Progress Update can be found in the Related section of this page detailing the panel’s work to date and next steps. Overview On 21 May 2019 the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) announced a public call for evidence steered by a panel of experts from across family justice, to gather evidence... More
    Closed 27 August 2019
  • Overarching Principles: Sentencing offenders with Mental Health Conditions or Disorders 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 changes to the guidelines as a result of consultations. What is this consultation about? The Council has developed a draft guideline for courts to use when sentencing offenders with... More
    Closed 9 July 2019
  • Consultation on coronial investigations of stillbirths (short version)

    A stillbirth is a tragedy which has a profound effect upon bereaved families. We are committed to ensuring that, wherever possible we do all we can to ensure that when such a tragedy occurs, lessons are learnt and changes made to prevent avoidable stillbirths in the future. Our rates of stillbirth are the lowest on record but they are still higher than some other comparable countries, which have succeeded in bringing rates down even further. There is much to be proud of in... More
    Closed 18 June 2019
  • Consultation on coronial investigations of stillbirths

    A stillbirth is a tragedy which has a profound effect upon bereaved families. We are committed to ensuring that, wherever possible we do all we can to ensure that when such a tragedy occurs, lessons are learnt and changes made to prevent avoidable stillbirths in the future. Our rates of stillbirth are the lowest on record but they are still higher than some other comparable countries, which have succeeded in bringing rates down even further. There is much to be proud of in... More
    Closed 18 June 2019
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