Sentencing for burglary offences: consultation launched on changes to judges’ guidelines

The Sentencing Council has published a public consultation on its proposals to introduce a new guideline for the sentencing of burglary offences. The consultation will run for 12 weeks and will close on 4 August 2011. The proposals will bring burglary offences into a single guideline for Crown and magistrates’ courts in order to increase the consistency of sentencing across both courts.

The draft guideline reinforces current sentencing practice and places a renewed emphasis on the impact of burglaries on victims, ensuring that they are of primary concern in the sentencing process.

Read the press release. The initial reaction from organisations representing victims has been positive.