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27 May 2021

The Sentencing Council has published revised sentencing guidelines for assault offences, including common assault and attempted murder, and new guidance for assault on emergency workers to reflect changes in legislation. The guidelines will come into effect on 1 July 2021.

The new guidelines, which apply to adult offenders, will bring a consistent approach to sentencing assault offences and help sentencers make a balanced assessment of the seriousness of those offences and impose appropriate and proportionate sentences.

The guidelines have been revised following evaluation of the existing assault guidelines, which were the first ever issued by the Sentencing Council, and to reflect the stepped approach introduced in more recent Council guidelines.

Details of the revisions made to the guidelines and the Council’s reasons for making them, are set out in the consultation response document also being published today.

The six guidelines published today by the Council are: