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The Sentencing Council has published its second annual report. The report outlines activities from April 2011 to March 2012. It includes details of the Council’s work on consulting on and developing several guidelines including drugs, burglary, an overarching guideline on three aspects of sentencing practice and dangerous dogs, the monitoring of the operation and effect of guidelines with the Crown Court Sentencing Survey and improving…

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The Sentencing Council is holding a public event in Liverpool to explain sentencing and give people the chance to hear the kind of cases judges frequently deal with, pass sentences themselves, and then find out how their verdict compares with a judge’s. The event on 28 July is open to all members of the public and is being supported by the Liverpool Echo. It will explain the basics of sentencing, how the sentencing process works, and ask for…

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The Sentencing Council has completed an assessment of the impact of the Theft Offences Definitive Guideline. The guideline, which came into force in February 2016, includes six guidelines for sentencing theft offences: general theft theft from a shop or stall handling stolen goods going equipped for theft or burglary abstracting electricity making off without payment. The assessment found that there have been changes in sentencing practice…