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New sentencing guidelines come into force in Scotland


New sentencing guidelines come into force in Scotland

A NEW sentencing guideline developed by the Scottish Sentencing Council comes into force in Scotland today (Wednesday, 22 Sep).

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New guideline on the sentencing of young people encourages rehabilitation to cut reoffending

Following consultation, the Scottish Sentencing Council has finalised a new guideline on the sentencing of young people.

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Two members of the Scottish Sentencing Council have been appointed as sheriffs

Former Summary Sheriff Paul Brown and Matthew Jackson QC were among 18 new Sheriffs appointed by Her Majesty The Queen following recommendation by the First Minister on Friday 13 August.

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Sentencing videos - If you were the judge

Watch our video about the court case of Jack, who assaulted a nightclub steward, and then decide what sentence you would give - if you were the judge. Our series also includes videos for: victims of crime; offenders & their families; and easy listen & watch. All our videos are now also available to view on our YouTube channel.

Sentencing Videos

Approval of Scotland's first sentencing guideline

Watch this historic moment as Lord Carloway, Lord Brodie, and Lord Drummond Young approve the principles and purposes of sentencing guideline

Principles and purposes of sentencing

Education Resources

As part of the Scottish Sentencing Council’s work to promote awareness and understanding of sentencing, a series of educational resources for Modern Studies teachers has been developed.

Modern Studies teacher guides



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