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The Sentencing Council for England and Wales promotes greater consistency in sentencing, whilst maintaining the independence of the judiciary. The Council produces guidelines on sentencing for the judiciary and aims to increase public understanding of sentencing.

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Sentencing for robbery – consultation launched on sentencing guidelines
21 October 2014

The Sentencing Council has launched a consultation on its proposed guidelines for judges and magistrates to use when sentencing people for robbery.

Find out more about the consultation exercise.

Read the press release.


Sentencing Council publishes 4th annual report
21 October 2014

The Sentencing Council has published its third annual report outlining activities from April 2013 to March 2014.

The report details the Council’s work on guidelines covering: sexual offences, fraud offences, environmental offences and theft offences. It also covers ongoing research, including the Crown Court Sentencing Survey.

A copy of the report is available.


New head of the office of the Sentencing Council appointed
21 October 2014

Claire Fielder, currently Private Secretary to the Lord Chief Justice on criminal justice matters, has been appointed as the new head of the office of the Sentencing Council. She replaces Michelle Crotty who takes up a new position at the Attorney General's Office.

Claire has considerable experience of the criminal justice system, both in the UK and in Europe, as the UK's representative to the EU for criminal justice. She will take up the post shortly. In the meantime, enquiries should be made by email or by telephoning 020 7071 5793.