Learn more about the Scottish Sentencing Council

You can learn more about what the Council does and the role it plays in the Scottish criminal justice system at the link below.  

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How does sentencing work?

Read our comprehensive and easy to read information on how sentencing operates in Scotland.

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Sentencing Guidelines

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.

About guidelines

Our News

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NASC conference

Council members are to attend an extensive conference on sentencing and policy in the United States next month.

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Blog launch

The Council has launched a new blog page to report on issues relating to sentencing practice in more depth, alongside our news items. Our first blog focuses on visits by some of our members to HM Young Offenders’ Institution, Polmont and HM Prison, Low Moss.

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Council plays host

The Council hosted visiting colleagues from England & Wales and the Australian states of Victoria & Tasmania at its recent meeting - hearing about different ways to develop an effective work programme at an early stage.

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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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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 aspect of our work.

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20 Jul

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19 Jul

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The Council has launched a new blog page: first topic is on what we learned from a recent visit to @scottishprisons, bit.ly/29SZejp

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