Stage 1 - Initial consideration of the guideline topic
Once a topic is selected for a guideline, we will set up a committee (made up of our members) to oversee development of the guideline. We can ask suitable experts to assist with the work of our committees.
We will also agree:
- the aim of the guideline, detailed reasons for preparing a guideline on the topic and the issues to be covered
- the scope of the guideline (for example, what offences it will apply to)
- a plan for developing the guideline, including when we expect it to be completed
This first stage helps us decide if a guideline is likely to be useful. We also need to know whether such a guideline can be delivered effectively. At the end of this stage the whole Council will decide whether or not to develop a guideline.