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Sheriff Principal Craig Turnbull and Matt Jackson QC appointed to the Scottish Sentencing Council

The Lord Justice General has appointed Sheriff Principal Craig Turnbull and Matt Jackson QC to fill vacant positions on the Scottish Sentencing Council.

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Consultation on sentencing young people guideline has now closed

The public consultation on our draft sentencing young people guideline has now closed.

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Time is running out to have your say on sentencing young people guideline.

Time is now running out for people to have their say and help shape an important sentencing guideline which will influence how up to 17,000 young people are sentenced by criminal courts in Scotland each year. 


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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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