Step 8: Impose sentence and give reasons
At the end of the process set out in steps 1 - 7 the court will have decided on the sentence to be imposed.
The court should always be satisfied that the overall sentence, taken together with any ancillary order to be imposed, is fair and proportionate.
When imposing the sentence the court should, as provided in the Council’s guideline ‘Principles and purposes of sentencing’, set out the reasons for its decision as clearly and openly as circumstances permit.
The court must also state its reasons if it decides not to follow, or departs from, an applicable sentencing guideline