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The Council was established in October 2015 as an independent, advisory body.
We carry out a range of work concerning sentencing in Scotland.
Our responsibilities include:
We can also conduct research, and provide general advice or guidance. We do not deal with individual sentences, which are a matter for the presiding judge in court.
Under law, we must:
Every three years, we prepare a Business Plan for the Scottish Ministers. We consult the Scottish Ministers, the Lord Advocate (head of the prosecution service) and the Lord Justice General (head of the High Court). We also take others' views into account.
Each year, we prepare an Annual Report on our activities for the Ministers. These two reports are laid before the Scottish Parliament.
Our Guide provides more details on: the information we publish, how to find that information, how to request new information, and any charges for producing information.
See our publications page for other documents which provide information about the Council, including our latest Business Plan and Annual Report.