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We are interested in hearing about current research, and relevant project proposals, relating to sentencing. 

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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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Sentencing Guidelines

Learn more about how the Council is developing sentencing guidelines for the criminal courts in Scotland.

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Council internships

After the success of working with our first intern, we are now seeking two further PhD students for three month internships to look at the topics of death by driving, and environmental & wildlife crime. 


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Interactive case study

A new interactive 'case study' has been added to our website resource on sentencing, enabling people to learn more about how judges decide criminal court sentences in Scotland.

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US conference

Read our latest blog contributed by the Council's victims expert, Sue Moody, on her attendance at the National Association of Sentencing Commissions' annual conference in Utah.

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Council Meeting Dates


The Council meeting dates in 2017 are:


6 March

6 June

22 September

11 December

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Your Views

We welcome your views on the Council and its work. Please get in touch with comments and feedback on our website, our publications or any other part of our work.

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