The Sentencing Council is phasing out the single pdf version of the Magistrates’ Court sentencing guidelines. The pdf includes all the guidelines currently in force, along with explanatory materials, and now extends to over 470 pages. Keeping the document up to date involves a lot of work and has become unmanageable.
From 24 April 2017 a simplified version of the single pdf, including the 26 new guidelines, will be available. This is an interim measure while the Council makes some changes to its sentencing guidelines offline app based on feedback received from users. The pdf will not be withdrawn until after the improved app has been launched.