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Prince Philip has died, aged 99

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace announced today.

Flags have been lowered at Scottish Courts and Tribunals buildings and the Lord President, Lord Carloway, has today sent condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on behalf of the judiciary in Scotland.

Guidance will follow on any alterations to court and tribunal business during this period.

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Public perceptions of sentencing for death by driving offences explored in new research report

The Scottish Sentencing Council has today published research into public perceptions of sentencing for causing death by driving offences in Scotland

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Two new reports on sentencing for rape and sexual assault offences in Scotland published today

The Council is today publishing two new research reports reviewing the information available on the sentencing of rape and offences involving sexual assault in Scotland, as well as looking at other jurisdictions

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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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