Allocation, offences taken into consideration and totality definitive guideline comes into effect

The Sentencing Council’s definitive guideline on allocation, offences taken into consideration and totality came into effect on 11 June 2012.

As with its other guidelines, the Council recognises the need to ensure a consistency of approach across all the courts which will be using these guidelines, whilst being careful not to include material which would rarely or never be used in one or other jurisdiction. For this reason, the Crown Court version of the guideline does not include the allocation guideline and the version of the totality guideline for inclusion in the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines (MCSG) does not include the specific application sections on extended sentences for public protection or indeterminate sentences, as magistrates cannot pass these sentences. There are also revisions to the Explanatory material in Part 5 of the MCSG to take account of the introduction of the new overarching guidelines.