2020-21 Annual Report laid before Parliament and published

Significant progress was made by the Scottish Sentencing Council in the development of sentencing guidelines in 2020-21 despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to its Chair, Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk.

Writing in the Council’s 2021-21 Annual Report, which was laid before the Scottish Parliament on 16 November, Lady Dorrian noted that the Council considered the results of the public consultation exercises in respect of both the sentencing process and sentencing young people guidelines during the year. Having taken into account the issues raised and views expressed in both consultations, further development work was carried out on each guideline, which enabled them to be finalised for submission to the High Court shortly after the end of the reporting year.

Both guidelines have since been approved by the High Court and can be viewed here:

The sentencing process guideline

Sentencing young people guideline

The annual report, which covers the period 01 April 2020 – 31 March 2021, describes the Council’s key achievements, its development of sentencing guidelines, work in progress, expenditure, and a range of other work carried out over the course of the year.

In addition to the extensive work on the sentencing process and sentencing young people guidelines, the report highlights the progress being made in a variety of areas, including: