27 July 2022
Sentencing guidelines for terrorism offences published
The Sentencing Council has published updated sentencing guidelines for terrorism offences in England and Wales following consultation.
The new guidelines, which will come into effect on 1 October 2022, update the current guidelines published in 2018 to reflect changes brought in by the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 and the Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Act 2021.
The guidelines include:
- new guidance for judges sentencing offenders who meet the criteria for a ‘serious terrorism sentence’. This is a new type of sentence that carries a minimum penalty of 14 years’ custody unless exceptional circumstances apply; and
- new guidance and principles for judges to follow when considering whether there may be exceptional circumstances that justify a departure from that sentence.