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  • 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
  • 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... More
    Closed 18 June 2019
  • Fixed recoverable costs consultation

    This is a consultation on extending Fixed Recoverable Costs in civil cases in England and Wales, following Sir Rupert Jackson’s 2017 report. Fixed Recoverable Costs (FRC) prescribe the amount of damages that can be claimed back from a losing party in civil litigation; they are a way of... More
    Closed 6 June 2019
  • Expanded Explanations in Sentencing Guidelines

    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 23 May 2019
  • Future Provision of Medical Reports in Road Traffic Accident related personal injury claims

    The government is conducting a short, focused consultation to seek views on a revised medical reporting process for unrepresented claimants. As part of its whiplash reform programme, the government is making changes via the Civil Procedure Rules to increase the small claims track... More
    Closed 17 May 2019
  • Law Commission consultation on simplifying the Immigration Rules

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales. Topic of this consultation: This consultation paper reviews the Immigration Rules in order to identify the underlying causes of their complexity, and to identify principles under which they can be... More
    Closed 3 May 2019
  • Enforcement of possession orders and alignment of procedures in the county court and high court

    The Civil Procedure Rule Committee (“CPRC”) is responsible, under the provisions of the Civil Procedure Act 1997 (“the 1997 Act”), for making rules of court governing the practice and procedure to be followed in the High Court and the County Court, and to do so with a view to securing... More
    Closed 2 May 2019
  • Law Commission survey on exercising the right to manage

    This survey accompanies the consultation on exercising the right to manage (“RTM”) being conducted by the Law Commission for England and Wales. The purpose of this survey is to collect information on leaseholders' experiences of the current RTM process. This information will provide part... More
    Closed 30 April 2019
  • Law Commission consultation on RTM: Leasehold home ownership: exercising the right to manage

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission of England and Wales. The right to manage (“RTM”) was introduced to give leaseholders control over the management of their buildings. Leaseholders can set up an RTM company, which can then acquire the landlord’s management... More
    Closed 30 April 2019
  • Law Commission consultation on reinvigorating commonhold: the alternative to leasehold ownership

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales. Commonhold is an alternative form of property ownership which allows homeowners to own the freehold of their flats. Our commonhold project looks at aspects of the law of commonhold which may be... More
    Closed 10 March 2019
  • Revising the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Code of Practice: Call for evidence

    The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 , covering England and Wales, is designed to protect and empower people who may currently lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment; or who have capacity but wish to make preparations for a time when they may lack... More
    Closed 7 March 2019
  • Law Commissions' consultation on Automated Vehicles: A Preliminary Consultation Paper

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission. We are reviewing the regulatory framework for the safe deployment of automated vehicles in the UK. We recommend that consultees read the consultation paper ... More
    Closed 20 February 2019
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