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SSC announces first guidelines 10/10/2016 The first set of guidelines to be developed by the Scottish Sentencing Council will include death by driving, and environment & wildlife offences.

SSC announces first guidelines

The first set of guidelines to be developed by the Scottish Sentencing Council will include death by driving, and environment & wildlife offences. The Council will also begin research into the sentencing of sexual offences.

The Council made the announcement in its three-year Business Plan, published last week.

The first task of the Council is to produce ‘an overarching guideline setting out fundamental ‘principles and purposes’ for all offences providing a comprehensive definition for the first time. This will not only assist judges but help people better understand what is taken into account when a sentence is decided, such as how seriousness is weighed up and what factors might increase or decrease a sentence.’

As part of the process, the Council will also consider the sentencing of young people.

“The topics we have selected to begin preparing guidelines on are of importance to local communities and families across Scotland. We will take the time to properly research each area and consult widely, not only with our justice partners, but with relevant groups and the wider public,” said Council Chair, the Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian.

“We welcome input from those interested and encourage you to have your say in helping to shape Scotland’s first sentencing guidelines,” she added. “We will produce easy-read documents of our consultation process in a bid to engage as many people as possible. We are designing these guidelines to assist judges and at the same time to promote a better understanding of how the sentencing process works.”

The Council anticipates that in the next Business Plan, for 2018 – 21, guidelines for theft and property offences and domestic abuse are likely to be considered.

More details can be found here and the Business Plan for 2015 – 18 can be found here.

 

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