Changes to the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines and associated explanatory materials

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Closes 15 Apr 2020


What else is happening as part of the consultation process?

This is a 12 week public consultation. As this is a relatively limited consultation in terms of its scope, the Council has not planned any consultation meetings but would be happy to arrange a meeting to discuss any of the issues raised if this would be helpful. Once the results of the consultation have been considered, the updated guidelines and explanatory materials will be published and used by all courts.

What other changes did the Council consider?

The Council also considered replacing the current non-binding guidance on sentencing the offences of driving or attempting to drive with a specified drug above the specified limit and in charge with a specified drug above the specified limit – so-called ‘drug driving’ offences – with definitive sentencing guidelines. The Council has decided to consult on these guidelines separately at a later date, once more evidence has been gathered.

Responding to the consultation

Through this consultation process, the Council is seeking views on the usefulness, accuracy and clarity of the proposed changes and anything else that you think should be considered.

In the following sections the proposed changes are outlined in detail and you will be asked to give your views. You can give your views by answering some or all of the questions below or if you prefer you can repond  by email to .

1. What is your name?
2. What is your email address?
If you enter your email address then you will automatically receive an acknowledgement email when you submit your response.
3. What is your organisation?