Sentencing videos - Find out what happened to Jack

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.

Sentencing Videos

Mythbuster - common sentencing misconceptions explained

See our mythbuster webpage to learn more about common sentencing misconceptions on topics such as prison release and community sentences. We welcome feedback and invite suggestions for further topics to be added to the resource.


How does sentencing work?

Use our interactive scenario to follow the court case of Paul. You decide what happens next and choose what sentence you would give Paul - if you were the Sheriff.


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Causing death by driving offences - Literature review

Dr Rachel McPherson and Professor Cyrus Tata, from the Centre for Law, Crime & Justice at Strathclyde University, were commissioned by the Scottish Sentencing Council to carry out a literature review examining current sentencing practice and knowledge around causing death by driving offences.

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2017/18 Annual Report published and laid before parliament

The Scottish Sentencing Council’s third Annual Report was submitted to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice on Wednesday 19 September. It was subsequently laid before Parliament on Tuesday 25 September.

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Draft minutes from September's Council meeting have now been published

The draft minutes and public papers from the Scottish Sentencing Council meeting, held on Monday 3 September, have now been published.

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