New dangerous dog offences guideline – 17 March 2016

A definitive sentencing guideline for health and safety offences was published on 17 March and the MCSG now contains these guidelines in a purple colour scheme prior to them coming into force in all courts in England and Wales on 1 July 2016. Once the new guidelines are in force, the colour scheme will go to blue and the old guidelines will be removed.

An update for the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines folder will be prepared before the new guidelines come into effect on 1 July, and will be made available on demand. In the meantime a PDF has been created of the definitive guideline that includes the MCSG page numbers, which can be used once the guidelines are in force.

Magistrates Court Sentencing Guidelines – dangerous dog offences update