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13.03.20

Advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you are due to attend court and have questions regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), please see the Scottish Court and Tribunals website for the latest advice and guidance.

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27.02.20

Public to have their say on proposed sentencing guideline for young people

Members of the public are being invited to give their views on a new sentencing guideline which states that rehabilitation should be a primary consideration when young people are being sentenced.

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21.02.20

Research indicates the brain does not fully mature until at least the age of 25

Sentencing should take account of compelling evidence that the brain does not fully mature until at least the age of 25, according to a review of research undertaken by the University of Edinburgh on behalf of the Scottish Sentencing Council.

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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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