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Sentencing guidelines to be developed for sexual offences 16/05/2019 The SSC has announced that it will develop multiple guidelines on sexual offences, beginning with rape, sexual assault, and indecent images of children.

Sentencing guidelines to be developed for sexual offences

The Scottish Sentencing Council has announced that it will develop multiple guidelines on sexual offences, beginning with rape, sexual assault, and indecent images of children.

The Council’s decision on the initial focus for its guidelines on sexual offences is contained in a letter from Lady Dorrian, Lord Justice Clerk and Chair of the Council, to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousaf, in which she also updates him on how the organisation’s work programme will be re-prioritised to place more emphasis on this topic.

The Council committed to developing guidelines on sexual offences in its 2018-2021 business plan, which was published in October last year.

In her letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Lady Dorrian said: “At its most recent meeting on 2 May 2019, the Council discussed its approach to the development of guidelines on sexual offences.

“Given the wide-ranging nature of sexual offending, the Council has decided to develop multiple guidelines focusing on particular sexual offences, rather than a single guideline covering all offences. This will allow each topic to be given in-depth consideration, and for the first guidelines on sexual offending to be produced more quickly.

“Taking into account the information we have gathered to date, the Council has decided to begin its work on sexual offences by developing sentencing guidelines in relation to rape, sexual assault, and indecent images of children.”

Further details can be found here.
 

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