9 June 2021
Consultation to revise sentencing guidelines for burglary offences published
The Sentencing Council has published a consultation to revise and update sentencing guidelines for domestic, non-domestic and aggravated burglary offences in England and Wales following evaluation of the current guidelines published in 2012.
The Council is seeking views on proposed changes to introduce new middle categories for both culpability and harm factors, which will allow judges and magistrates greater flexibility in deciding on an appropriate sentence.
The Council will also update the format of the guidelines to reflect the stepped approach used in recent sentencing guidelines and to make some minor changes to wording and placement of factors.
The proposed sentencing guidelines are for:
- domestic burglary (section 9, Theft Act 1968)
- non-domestic burglary, (section 9, Theft Act 1968)
- aggravated burglary (section 10, Theft Act 1968)
The consultation is open until 1 September 2021.