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One of the Council's key tasks is to prepare sentencing guidelines for the Scottish criminal courts.  More information about sentencing guidelines and how they are developed is available at this link.

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New constable member appointed

Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone has been appointed as the Council’s new constable member.


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Communications Committee 1st meeting

The Communications Committee held its inaugural meeting on 13 October when it appointed Sheriff McFadyen (sheriff member) as the Chair.


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New committees announced

The Council has established two committees to take communications and research work forward. They will support work promoting awareness and understanding of sentencing, and facilitate research on a range of sentencing matters.

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Council meeting dates

The first meeting took place on 14 December 2015

Meetings during 2016 are scheduled as follows:

07 March 2016

20 June 2016

14 September 2016

12 December 2016

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Gary Ralston sentenced to four years imprisonment at High Court Glasgow for a robbery on family who had taken him in

8 Dec

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Edinburgh High Court: Angela Ryan and Jason Kirby sentenced to imprisonment for assault and robbery

6 Dec

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Glasgow High Court: Richard McCormick, found guilty of sexually abusing children, sentenced to 8 years imprisonment

30 Nov
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