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.

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.

Mordern Studies teacher guides

Our News

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Scotland’s first sentencing guideline comes into force

For the first time judges in courts across Scotland will, from today, have to take into account a sentencing guideline when sentencing offenders.

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Scotland's first sentencing guideline approved by High Court of Justiciary

The High Court of Justiciary today approved Scotland’s first sentencing guideline, which sets out the general principles and purposes of sentencing for all offences.

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Scottish Sentencing Council to develop guidelines on sexual offences and sentence discounting

Following on from the first guideline being approved, the Council has published its 2018-21 Business Plan today.

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