The definitive guidelines for sentencing assault offences were issued on 16 March 2011 and came into force on 13 June 2011.

Revisions 2020

The revised sentencing guidelines for assault offences, including common assault and attempted murder, and new guidance for assault on emergency workers were issued on 27 May 2021 and came into force on 1 July 2021.

The following offences are included in the guidelines:


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

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. We received 67 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