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  • 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. ... More
    Closes 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... More
    Closes 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 ... More
    Closes 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... More
    Closes 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... More
    Closes 18 December 2020
  • Law Commission consultation on weddings law

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales. We are consulting on weddings law – the rules governing which formalities a couple needs to comply with in order to be legally married, from giving notice through to registration of the marriage.... More
    Closes 3 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,... More
    Closes 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... More
    Closes 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... More
    Closes 9 October 2020
  • Unauthorised use of a trademark sentencing guideline

    What is this consultation about? The Sentencing Council is proposing to issue two guidelines for the offence of unauthorised use of a trade mark contrary to section 92 of the Trade Marks Act 1994; one for sentencing individuals and one for sentencing organisations. What is... More
    Closes 30 September 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... More
    Closes 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... 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

    This paper sets out for consultation proposals on the future of Medway County and Family Court, including increasing the capacity at Maidstone Combined Court. It includes proposals for temporary listing arrangements for the work currently heard at Medway County and Family Court pending the... 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... 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’... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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
  • 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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... 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... More
    Closed 18 June 2019
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