Spotlight on sentencing
From time to time, we feature relevant guest blogs from interested organisations and individuals. These blogs do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Scottish Sentencing Council, but can add to the broader discussion and debate of issues around sentencing. If you would like to contribute a guest blog, please email us or use our contact form.
Written by Dr Carly Lightowlers (University of Liverpool) and Prof Melissa Hamilton (University of Surrey).
Written by Dr Rachel McPherson (University of Glasgow, pictured), Dr Jay Gormley (University of Glasgow) and Dr Rhonda Wheate (University of Strathclyde).
The problem-solving court in Forfar provides a specialist approach to sentencing many of the women and young men charged and convicted of summary (less serious) offences. Sheriff Jillian Martin Brown presides over the court, and in this blog, talks about how the problem-solving approach operates.
Although media reports often seek to do so, making direct comparisons between the two jurisdictions of Scotland, and England and Wales is fraught with difficulty.