About sentencing

In this section you can find information explaining sentencing, like what sentences are for and how sentences are worked out.

If you’d like a five minute overview take a look at this short video which gives the basics on what kinds of sentence there are and how judges and magistrates decide what sentence to give (if you cannot view the video you can read the transcript here):

If you’d like to hear about sentencing from the point of view of a magistrates, watch this short film (if you cannot view the video you can read the transcript here):

If you’re interested to hear about sentencing from the point of view of a Crown Court judge, watch this short film (if you cannot view the video you can read the transcript here):

You can also download this pdf showing the Criminal Justice System in numbers.

You can also find information about sentencing on GOV.UK.