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  • Independent review of criminal legal aid: Call for Evidence

    This consultation has been extended to 28th May 2021. The Independent Review is focussed on the long-term sustainability of Criminal Legal Aid in England & Wales. The Review will consider the Criminal Legal Aid System in its entirety, specifically it seeks to ensure that it: ... More
    Closed 28 May 2021
  • Law Commission summary consultation on intimate image abuse

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales. The Law Commission is conducting a review of the existing criminal law as it relates to taking, making and sharing intimate images without consent. In particular we look at the current range of... More
    Closed 27 May 2021
  • Law Commission consultation on intimate image abuse

    This is a public consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales. The Law Commission is conducting a review of the existing criminal law as it relates to taking, making and sharing intimate images without consent. In particular we look at the current range of offences which apply in... More
    Closed 27 May 2021
  • Increasing selected court fees and Help with Fees income thresholds by inflation

    This consultation sets out the proposal to increase selected court fees and Help with Fees income thresholds by inflation. The aim of this proposal is to: • ensure that there is an efficient and effective courts system • ensure access to justice, making sure those who... More
    Closed 17 May 2021
  • Judicial Review: Proposals for Reform

    We are implementing our Manifesto commitment to “ensure that Judicial Review is available to protect the rights of the individual against an overbearing state, while ensuring that it is not abused to conduct politics by another means or to create needless delays.” The Independent Review... More
    Closed 29 April 2021
  • Law Commission call for evidence on smart contracts

    This is a public call for evidence by the Law Commission for England and Wales. The topic of this call for evidence is smart contracts. We are seeking views about, and evidence of, the ways in which smart contracts are being used, and the extent to which the... More
    Closed 15 April 2021
  • Law Commissions' consultation on automated vehicles: a regulatory framework for automated vehicles

    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 third consultation paper published as part of a review of automated vehicles. For more information about this project, click here . ... More
    Closed 8 April 2021
  • Ditch construction at the new prison in Full Sutton: Public Consultation

    In September 2019, East Riding of Yorkshire Council granted outline planning permission to the Ministry of Justice for the development of a new Category C prison, on land adjacent to the existing HMP Full Sutton. The new prison will contribute to the delivery of the four new prisons that... More
    Closed 21 February 2021
  • Potential new prison in Buckinghamshire - Public consultation

    The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is seeking the views of residents and businesses on plans for a potential new prison in Buckinghamshire. In line with the government’s commitment to create four new prisons by the mid-2020s, the Ministry of Justice has been looking at potential new prison... More
    Closed 29 January 2021
  • Criminal Legal Aid Review: Remuneration for pre-charge engagement

    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 and commend the resilience and commitment the profession has continued to show during the... More
    Closed 25 January 2021
  • 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: ... 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... 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. ... 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... 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 ... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... More
    Closed 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
    Closed 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
    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... 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... 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
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