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.
The Scottish Sentencing Council held a consultation workshop on the sentencing of young people at the Scottish Youth Parliament’s 70th National Sitting on 27th October 2019. Ryan Kelly, Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) for Coatbridge and Chryston, helped to facilitate the workshop gives his thoughts about the event.
When sentences are imposed, those involved in the case – victims, those being sentenced and the families of both can sometimes struggle to fully understand the sentencing process. So how can this be resolved? John Scott QC, former member of the Scottish Sentencing Council gives his view on how we can demystify sentencing.
As the Scottish Sentencing Council advertises for a new advocate member, the current advocate member Stephen O'Rourke speaks about his four years on the council.
Scotland’s first sentencing guideline, setting out the general principles and purposes of sentencing, was approved by the High Court on Tuesday 30 October and came in to force on Monday 26 November.
As John Scott QC's term on the Scottish Sentencing Council comes to an end, he reflects on the first three years of the Council and the role he played in looking at sentencing of young people and general communications around sentencing.