What are cookies?

A cookie is a piece of data stored on your computer, mobile phone or tablet when you visit a website. It’s stored within your website browser, and then subsequently sent back to the same website by your browser. The cookie helps the website to recognise your specific browser and computer when you return.

Cookies on the Sentencing Council website

We use first-party cookies to capture anonymous website usage in Google Analytics giving us data that includes the pages that you visit and the documents that you download, how long you spend on pages and how you found our site. By interpreting this data we can anticipate website traffic usage and improve your website experience in terms of being able to find and use the information on the site.

Google Analytics 


We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use sentencingcouncil.org.uk. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements.

Read Google’s overview of privacy and safeguarding data

_ga – 1 year
_gid – 24 hours
_ga_4BSHJSYDG7 – 1 year

Cookie Name  Usage  Expires
Cookie preference  CookieControl This cookie is used to remember a user’s choice about cookies on sentencingcouncil.org.uk. Where users have previously indicated a preference, that user’s preference will be stored in this cookie. 1 year