Data collection in magistrates’ courts

The Sentencing Council is running a data collection across all magistrates’ courts in England and Wales from the 4th January to 7th May 2021, covering five offences. If you are about to sentence or have just sentenced an offender for one of the following then please complete a form:

Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines

You will find on these pages all the Sentencing Council guidelines and other materials magistrates need when sentencing offenders in court. You can search for any of the guidelines on the Search Offences page (for quick access from anywhere in the site, select the magnifying glass on the left-hand menu). The overarching guidelines, explanatory materials and calculators, as well as other useful documents and links, are also available on the left-hand menu.

Using the sentencing guidelines on the HMCTS laptops

From April 2021, HMCTS will be providing laptops for use in magistrates’ courts. Watch this short video or read this guide to find out how to use the online sentencing guidelines using the HMCTS laptops.

Sentencing guidelines app for use offline

If you do not have access to wifi, the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines (MCSG) are also available as an app. You can access the MCSG app via the Bench Solution iPads or download it to your own iPad free of charge from the App Store.

Making temporary copies of guidelines

You can make temporary print and pdf copies of offence specific and overarching guidelines from the website. Click on the print icon on the top right of the required page. In the print dialogue box, select either your local printer or Adobe pdf/print to pdf. To include “drop box” text such as Applicability or Band Ranges in your copy, open the drop box before printing.

Updates

When we publish new guidelines, we flag changes on the MCSG Updates page of this website and in the app. New guidelines are added to the list of offences in purple to clearly distinguish between those guidelines that have yet to come into force and those already in force. New guidelines are automatically added to the MCSG app.

Help and support

If there is additional material you need, or you have trouble finding something, please do let us know by emailing MCSGsupport@sentencingcouncil.gov.uk. We aim to respond to emails within 24 hours. If you need help urgently, please call 020 7071 5793. This site will continue to grow and have new content and tools added. If you have suggestions of things that would be useful or that you need when sentencing, please do get in touch.