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The Sentencing Council has published its initial assessment of the impact of its burglary guideline on sentencing trends, under its statutory duty to monitor the operation and effect of its sentencing guidelines and to draw conclusions from this information. Further work to explore the findings from this initial assessment will be undertaken and the outcome published in due course. The assessment reflects the Council’s approach of seeking to…

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…The Council has published an assessment of its burglary sentencing guideline which came into force in January 2012. It follows an initial assessment published in 2016 and details the results of further analysis on the impact of the guideline. It can be accessed here….

Triable only on indictment Maximum: Life imprisonmentOffence range: 1 – 13 years’ custody This is a serious specified offence for the purposes of section 224 (life sentences for serious offences) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003. User guide for this offence Guideline users should be aware that the Equal Treatment Bench Book covers important aspects of fair treatment and disparity of outcomes for different groups in the criminal justice system….

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The Sentencing Council has published a new guideline for judges and magistrates. It aims to ensure a consistent and proportionate approach to sentencing, with convicted offenders receiving a sentence that reflects both the harm they have caused to their victim and their culpability. The new guideline, which has been issued following a 12-week public consultation, will come into effect on 16 January 2012. Although primarily aimed at criminal…

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The Sentencing Council’s first public event to increase understanding about sentencing was held last night in Liverpool, with more than 80 people from Merseyside in attendance. It took place alongside a week of coverage about sentencing in the Liverpool Echo, with the paper working with the Sentencing Council to highlight the kinds of burglars that come before the courts and how judges and magistrates go about sentencing them. The event was…

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Guidance to judges and magistrates on appropriate sentencing levels come from definitive guidelines issued by the Sentencing Council and from guideline judgments from the Court of Appeal. The Council has discussed the impact of the summer’s riots on guidelines at its September meeting today and is aware that the Court of Appeal will be considering cases relating to the August disturbances very shortly. It has decided that it is not necessary to…

Try sentencing for yourself by going to You Be The Judge online. You Be The Judge puts you in the judge’s seat. You will get to choose from eight real life court cases, you will hear the facts of the case, and the aggravating and mitigating factors, then you will decide the sentence. Finally you get to see how your sentence compares to the one handed out by the judge in the real case.   Guidelines used in You Be The Judge cases Burglary

Triable either wayMaximum: 14 years’ custodyOffence range: Discharge – 8 years’ custody User guide for this offence Guideline users should be aware that the Equal Treatment Bench Book covers important aspects of fair treatment and disparity of outcomes for different groups in the criminal justice system. It provides guidance which sentencers are encouraged to take into account wherever applicable, to ensure that there is fairness for all…

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Today, the Sentencing Council has announced new sentencing guidelines for robbery offences which will help courts to sentence all types of offender, from a street mugger to a gang guilty of a major heist. The guidelines have been introduced to ensure courts have comprehensive guidance covering all types of robberies committed by adults in England and Wales. These comprise: Street robbery and less sophisticated commercial robbery, which make up…