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  • Transforming the response to domestic abuse (Sign Language version)

    This consultation seeks to address domestic abuse at every stage from prevention through to rehabilitation. It references the connections and provisions of cross-sector agencies and departments and reinforces the Government’s aim to make domestic abuse everyone’s business. More
    Opened 3 weeks ago
  • Arson and Criminal Damage Offences Guidelines

    What is the Sentencing Council? The Sentencing Council is the independent body responsible for developing sentencing guidelines for the courts to use when passing a sentence. The Council’s remit extends to allow consultation on the sentencing of offenders following conviction. Why... More
    Opened 4 months ago
  • Transforming the response to domestic abuse (short version)

    Joint Home Secretary and Justice Secretary foreword All forms of violence and abuse are unacceptable but it is particularly shocking when it is carried out by those who are supposedly closest to the victims, and by those who profess to love the very people that they subject to terrible... More
    Opened 4 months ago
  • Transforming the response to domestic abuse

    Joint Home Secretary and Justice Secretary foreword All forms of violence and abuse are unacceptable but it is particularly shocking when it is carried out by those who are supposedly closest to the victims, and by those who profess to love the very people that they subject to terrible... More
    Opened 4 months ago
  • Fit for the future: transforming the court and tribunal estate

    This consultation sets out the proposed future strategy for HM Courts & Tribunals Service in its approach to court and tribunal estate reform. The proposals detailed in the consultation document below have been identified following careful consideration of the ways in which we can improve the... More
    Opened 6 months ago
  • Wandsworth County Court and Blackfriars Crown Court: proposal on their future

    This paper sets out for consultation proposals on the future of Wandsworth County Court and Blackfriars Crown Court, including the closure of the buildings and the work being relocated to other existing courts. The closures would also contribute to the consolidation of the London court estate... More
    Opened 6 months ago
  • Chorley Magistrates’ Court and Fleetwood Magistrates’ Court: proposal on their future

    This paper sets out for consultation proposals on the future of Chorley Magistrates’ Court and Fleetwood Magistrates’ Court, including the closure of the buildings and the work being absorbed by other existing courts. The closures would also contribute to the consolidation of the Lancashire... More
    Opened 6 months ago
  • Northallerton Magistrates’ Court: proposal on its future

    This paper sets out for consultation the proposal on the future of Northallerton Magistrates’ Court, including the closure of the buildings and the work being absorbed by existing courts. The closures would also contribute to the consolidation of the North Yorkshire criminal court estate and,... More
    Opened 6 months ago
  • Banbury Magistrates’ and County Court and Maidenhead Magistrates’ Court: proposal on their future

    This paper sets out for consultation proposals on the future of Banbury Magistrates’ and County Court and Maidenhead Magistrates’ Court, including the closure of the buildings and the work being relocated to other existing courts. The closures would also contribute to the consolidation of the... More
    Opened 6 months ago
  • Cambridge Magistrates’ Court: proposal on its future

    This paper sets out for consultation the proposal on the future of Cambridge Magistrates’ Court, including the closure of the building and the work being relocated to existing courts. The closure would also contribute to the consolidation of the Cambridgeshire court estate and, through... More
    Opened 6 months ago
  • Default County Court Judgments: A consultation on ensuring the process works fairly, for both creditors and debtors

    We are interested in your views as to the effectiveness and appropriateness of the current processes for money claims issued in the County Court. Of particular interest, will be views from respondents on limiting the circumstances in which an individual may have a judgment made in default... More
    Opened 7 months ago
  • Tailored review of the Criminal Cases Review Commission: Call for evidence

    As part of the UK government’s requirement to reform public bodies, all government departments must conduct a Tailored Review of their arm’s length bodies at least once in the lifetime of a parliament, every 5 years. As with all Tailored Reviews, the review of the Criminal Cases Review... More
    Opened 7 months ago
  • Terrorism Guideline Consultation

    What is the Sentencing Council? The Sentencing Council is the independent body responsible for developing sentencing guidelines for the courts to use when passing a sentence. The Council’s remit extends to allow consultation on the sentencing of offenders following conviction. Why... More
    Opened 9 months ago
  • Manslaughter Guideline Consultation

    What is the Sentencing Council? The Sentencing Council is the independent body responsible for developing sentencing guidelines for the courts to use when passing a sentence. The Council’s remit extends to allow consultation on the sentencing of offenders following conviction. Why... More
    Opened 1 year ago
  • Child Cruelty Consultation

    What is the Sentencing Council? The Sentencing Council is the independent body responsible for developing sentencing guidelines for the courts to use when passing a sentence. Part of the Council’s remit (ss.118-136 Coroners and Justice Act 2009) is to conduct public consultations on... More
    Opened 1 year ago
  • Intimidatory Offences and Domestic abuse guidelines consultation

    Which offences are covered by the consultation? Harassment (including the racially or religiously aggravated form of this offence) Stalking (including the racially or religiously aggravated form of this offence) Controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family... More
    Opened 1 year ago
  • The personal injury discount rate: how it should be set in future

    This consultation forms part of the review of the framework under which the personal injury discount rate is set. The paper considers possibilities for how, when and by whom the discount rate should be set, but does not make specific proposals. The core issues examined in the consultation... More
    Opened 1 year ago
  • Legal aid financial eligibility and universal credit

    The changes to the benefits system currently being implemented under the Welfare Reform Act 2012 mean that a number of benefits that have historically been used as an administrative marker to “passport” applicants through parts of the criminal and civil legal aid means tests to free (ie,... More
    Opened 1 year ago
  • Litigators’ Graduated Fees Scheme and court appointees

    This consultation paper sets out proposals for the reform of the funding scheme which pays litigators to defend clients in the Crown Court and payments to court appointees. The government is seeking views on all aspects of these proposals. More
    Opened 1 year ago
  • Review of the introduction of fees in the Employment Tribunals

    This consultation sets out the government’s review of Employment Tribunal (ET) fees and sets out proposals for reforming the Help with Fees scheme. The government’s review of ET fees shows that the introduction of fees has broadly met its objectives: users are contributing between... More
    Opened 1 year ago
  • Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme Commissioning Sustainable Services

    This is a consultation on a competitive tendering approach for the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme which will consolidate the current number of schemes through joining courts allowing for larger and more sustainable contracts for providers. Providers will offer their services at a price,... More
    Opened 1 year ago
  • Reforming the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme

    This consultation paper sets out proposals for the reform of the funding scheme which pays advocates to defend clients in the Crown Court. The government is seeking views on all aspects of these proposals. In particular, the government would like to hear views specifically on: The... More
    Opened 2 years ago
  • Public consultation on new expectations for adult male prisons

    Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMI Prisons) is an independent inspectorate with a statutory duty to report on the treatment of and conditions for prisoners. We conduct our inspections using a set independent criteria underpinned by international human rights standards, known as... More
    Opened 2 years ago
  • Driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury

    The government recognises that there is public concern about sentencing for offenders who kill or seriously injure others on the road and is committed to making sure that the legislative framework that the courts operate within reflects the seriousness of offending and the culpability of the... More
    Opened 2 years ago
  • Reforming the soft tissue injury (whiplash) claims process

    The government is bringing forward a package of measures to disincentivise minor, exaggerated and fraudulent road traffic accident related soft-tissue injury claims. The vast majority of these claims are known as whiplash claims. Despite previous government reforms, improvements in vehicle... More
    Opened 2 years ago
  • Tailored reviews of the Legal Services Board and the Office for Legal Complaints 2016: call for evidence

    As part of the UK government’s requirement to reform public bodies, all government departments must conduct a Tailored Review of their arm’s length bodies at least once in the lifetime of a parliament, every 5 years. As with all Tailored Reviews, the reviews of the Legal Services Board... More
    Opened 2 years ago
  • Breach Offences

    What is the Sentencing Council? The Sentencing Council is the independent body responsible for developing sentencing guidelines for the courts to use when passing a sentence. Why breach? Guidelines are not currently available for all types of breach of court order, and there is... More
    Opened 2 years ago
  • Expedited immigration and asylum appeals for detained appellants

    The government is consulting on proposals for an expedited appeals process for detained immigration and asylum appellants. Any new process needs to balance speed and efficiency with accessibility and fairness. The key proposals in this consultation are: that there... More
    Opened 2 years ago
  • Bladed Articles & Offensive Weapons Consultation

    Overarching issues and the context of the guidelines This consultation seeks views on 3 guidelines; possession of a bladed article/ offensive weapon; threatening with a bladed article/ offensive weapon, and a youth guideline which covers all offences involving bladed articles and offensive... More
    Opened 2 years ago
  • Transforming our justice system: consultation

    This consultation has been superseded by two separate consultations: Transforming Our Justice System: Assisted Digital Strategy, Online Conviction and Statutory Fixed Fines (closed 10 November) Transforming Our Justice System: Panel Composition in Tribunals (closing date 24 November) ... More
    Opened 2 years ago
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