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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?

See our user-friendly information on how sentencing works in Scotland.

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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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Positive Lifestyle - Anne Frank Project


Positive Lifestyle Project

Read our latest blog written by Chief Inspector Mark Leonard of the Specialist Crime Division about the Positive Lifestyle Project. 


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Community Justice Blog


Community Justice Blog

The Council’s advocate member, Stephen O’Rourke, recently attended the Next Steps conference organised by Holyrood Events which focused on how community justice partners can work to reduce offending and strengthen communities. Read his blog on the issues most relevant to sentencing.

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Sentencing Young People Event Programme


'Sentencing Young People' Event

The Council is holding an engagement event with a range of stakeholders to help inform the development of its guideline on sentencing young people, one of the key pieces of work announced in its Business Plan for 2015-18.

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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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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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