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  • 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
  • Criminal Legal Aid Review: An accelerated package of measures amending the criminal legal aid fee schemes

    Given the current situation with coronavirus (Covid-19), this consultation will remain open until further notice. We will update this page with further information shortly. Criminal defence practitioners play a crucial role in upholding the rule of law. As a former criminal... More
    Closes 31 December 2020
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