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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?

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.

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David Harvie appointed as new prosecutor member

Crown Agent David Harvie has been appointed as the Council’s new prosecutor member.


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Research proposals welcome

The Council is working towards publishing its first three-year Business Plan this autumn and a key strand of this will be our role in researching sentencing practice throughout Scotland. To take this forward, we are keen to hear from interested researchers and academics who specialise in any aspect of the sentencing process. 



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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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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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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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