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How does sentencing work?

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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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New committees announced

The Council has established two committees to take communications and research work forward. They will support work promoting awareness and understanding of sentencing, and facilitate research on a range of sentencing matters.

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First sentencing guidelines announced

The Council launched its Business Plan today announcing the areas its first guidelines will cover including sentencing death by driving, and environment & wildlife offences.  The Council will also begin research into the sentencing of sexual offences.


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Sentencing guidelines around the world

The Council has started work on what format our sentencing guidelines should take.  Principal Research Officer Andrew Bell has been looking at styles from around the world with a view to developing the best suited to Scotland.  Read his blog to learn more. 

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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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John Leathem sentenced to life impirsonment with punishment part of 27 years for the murder of a 15-year-old girl

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