The definitive guidelines for sentencing assault offences were issued on 16 March 2011 and came into force on 13 June 2011. The following offences are included in the guideline:

Revisions 2020

Between 16 April 2020 and 15 September 2020, the Council consulted on revisions to the existing assault guidelines and a draft guideline for assault on emergency workers.


The consultation on the original assault guidelines was open from 13 October 2010 to 5 July 2011. We received 394 responses.

Related documents

To support the guidelines and consultations, the Council also publishes a range of documents. These documents may include consultation responses, statistical bulletins, resource and equality impact assessments and guideline assessments.

Related documents: Assault