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Developing sentencing guidelines 01/08/2017 The Scottish Sentencing Council is consulting on a draft guideline that will set out the principles underlying sentencing decisions and the purposes they seek to achieve.

Developing sentencing guidelines

The Scottish Sentencing Council is consulting on a draft guideline that will set out the principles underlying sentencing decisions and the purposes they seek to achieve.

Some relevant guidance already exists already exists in the form of court decisions in particular cases, but once complete, the guideline will provide the first comprehensive definition of sentencing in Scotland.

“The fundamental principles and purposes of sentencing have never before been expressly defined in Scotland. We believe that creating this guideline will have significant benefits both to the public and the courts, increasing consistency and transparency in sentencing,” said Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk and Chair of the Council. “I would urge anyone with an interest in how sentences are decided and in the overall aims of sentencing in Scotland to take this opportunity to participate in our public consultation.”

The deadline for submissions to the consultation is noon on 27th October 2017.

The consultation can be found here. The SSC announcement is here.

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