Guidelines in development

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Guidelines approved by the High Court

Principles and purposes of sentencing (30 October 2018) came in to force on 26 November 2018

The sentencing process guideline (15 July 2021) will come in to force 22 September 2021

After the completion of stage 7, all 
approved guidelines move onto stage 8, the monitoring and review stage



In its latest business plan the Council announced that it will begin the development of a guideline or guidelines on sexual offences  and on sentence discounting during the 2018-21 period. On 16 May 2019 the Council announced it intends to develop multiple guidelines on sexual offences beginning with rape, sexual assault and indecent images of children.