Death by driving sentencing guideline approved by the High Court
The High Court has approved the Council's - and Scotland's - first ever offence guideline, which covers offences of causing death by driving.
Draft minutes of October 2023 meeting of the Scottish Sentencing Council
The draft minutes of the Council’s meeting held in Edinburgh on 6 October 2023 are now available.
Substantial progress on sentencing guidelines highlighted in Council’s annual report
The Scottish Sentencing Council’s 2022-23 Annual Report has been published after being laid before the Scottish Parliament.
Spotlight on sentencing
10 facts about the sentencing young people guideline
The sentencing young people guideline applies in cases where the person being sentenced is 24 or under. It reflects the need for a more individualistic approach when sentencing young people. In our latest blog, we set out key facts about the guideline.
Community Justice Scotland: New training course for people involved in the delivery of unpaid work
Community Justice Scotland’s Learning, Development and Innovation Lead James Murphy explains the importance of training front line workers to support people completing Community Payback Orders.
Life sentences explained
A life sentence is the highest penalty available in Scotland's courts. In this blog, we explain the different stages of the sentence, including the punishment part, the parole process, and release on life licence.