High Court approves new guideline on the sentencing of young people which encourages rehabilitation to cut reoffending
The High Court of Justiciary has today approved a new sentencing guideline developed by the Scottish Sentencing Council, which seeks to reduce reoffending among young people.
In a hearing held this morning, three judges of the High Court approved the guideline and confirmed that it will come in to effect for all courts in Scotland from Wednesday 22nd September 2021.
Following consultation, the Scottish Sentencing Council has finalised a new sentencing guideline setting out the process for all sentencing decisions in Scotland.
The public consultation on our draft sentencing young people guideline has now closed.
Time is now running out for people to have their say and help shape an important sentencing guideline which will influence how up to 17,000 young people are sentenced by criminal courts in Scotland each year.