Reduction in sentence for a guilty plea: definitive guideline was published on 7 March 2017 and came into force on 1 June 2017. The guideline applies regardless of the date of the offence to all individual offenders aged 18 and older and to organisations in cases where the first hearing is on or after 1 June 2017. The guideline applies equally in magistrates’ courts and the Crown Court.
For cases where the first hearing was before 1 June 2017, refer to the earlier guilty plea guideline, published in 2007.
The consultation on Reduction in sentence for a guilty plea was published on 11 February 2016 and closed on 5 May 2016.
To support the guidelines and consultations, the Council publishes a range of documents. These documents may include consultation responses, statistical bulletins, resource and equality impact assessments and guideline assessments.
Related documents: Reduction in sentence for a guilty plea