Magistrates' Court Sentencing Guidelines

Thursday 15 December 2018: We are sorry but there has been a short delay in releasing the updated version of the Sentencing Guidelines app. The MCSG pdf will continue to be available until we are able to release the improved app.

For more information, please see below.

The MCSG covers most of the offences that regularly come before a magistrates’ court that require decisions on allocation or sentence. The MCSG also contains explanatory materials.

The following PDFs include all guidelines in force from 24 April 2017 and overarching guidelines:

Sentencing guidelines and explanatory materials

Overarching guidelines

Withdrawing the single pdf MCSG

The single pdf version of the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines is being phased out. The pdf extends to over 450 pages. Keeping it up to date involves a lot of work and has become unmanageable.

The Guidelines are now published in a digital format in the online MCSG and the offline Sentencing Guidelines app, both of which offer far greater functionality than the pdf and ensure that all users have access to the most up-to-date versions.

We are making improvements to the Sentencing Guidelines app. These improvements will include a function that will allow users to print off or create temporary pdfs of guidelines. Once the improved version has been released, the single MCSG pdf will be withdrawn from the website.