Principles and Purposes of Sentencing
- First published 01 August 2017
- Last updated 01 August 2017
27 October 2017 12:00pm
The Scottish Sentencing Council is conducting a public consultation seeking views on its first draft sentencing guideline – the Principles and Purposes of Sentencing.
Although some guidance on appropriate sentences in particular cases is available in the form of court decisions, the fundamental principles and purposes of sentencing in Scotland have not been expressly defined in any single piece of legislation or court judgment.
The Scottish Sentencing Council's first draft guideline, the Principles and Purposes of Sentencing, aims to set out clearly both the principles underlying sentencing decisions and the overarching purposes of sentencing.
The guideline is intended to:
- provide judges and the public with a clear statement about the aims of current sentencing practice in the Scottish courts
- increase transparency by providing the public with an understanding of the approach taken by judges when deciding decisions
- promote consistency in the approaches taken by judges to sentencing
The public consultation paper (which includes the background discussion, details of proposals and consultation questions), the draft guideline, and draft impact assessment are available for download:
- Principles and Purposes of Sentencing - Consultation (752Kb)
- Principles and Purposes of Sentencing - Draft sentencing guideline (488Kb)
- Principles and Purposes of Sentencing - Draft impact assessment (284Kb)
You can respond to this consultation questions electronically below. When completing the consultation, please note the following:
- we suggest drafting your response in a separate document and then copying and pasting this into the electronic form, in order to avoid losing anything in the event of a browser error
- the “save for later” option relies on your browser cache and so may not function properly on shared computers or if private browsing is enabled
- please use the buttons within the consultation form to navigate, rather than the “forward” or “back” buttons in your browser
If you encounter any difficulties with the online form, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0131 240 6679.
Responses should be submitted by noon on 27 October 2017.