Crown Court Sentencing Survey

Between 1 October 2010 and 31 March 2015 the Sentencing Council conducted a data collection exercise called the Crown Court Sentencing Survey. The paper-based survey was completed by the sentencing judge (or other sentencer) passing sentence in the Crown Court. It collected information on the factors taken into account by the judge in working out the appropriate sentence for an offender and the final sentence given. It was designed to assist the Sentencing Council with fulfilling its duties under section 128 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

Examples of the survey forms used can be found here.

Following an external review, the survey was ended on 31 March 2015. In its place, the Council plans to conduct bespoke data collections in both the Crown Court and magistrates’ courts to inform the development of specific guidelines. Further information regarding the ending of the survey is available in our blog.

The wealth of data which has been collected during the four and a half year period will continue to be used for further research and analysis by the Council. The data will also continue to be available in the form of anonymised data for each individual ‘record’ or offender recorded in the survey.

The results for 2014 were published on 25 June 2015. This publication covers all sentences passed by the Crown Court in 2014. The results focus on exploring the relationship between the factors taken into account in sentencing and the final sentence imposed, to help improve understanding of the sentencing process.

If you have any queries about the survey, please .