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Forthcoming guidelines

When the Sentencing Council publishes a definitive guideline there is a period of time to allow for training and implementation before it comes into effect.
 
During this time, information relating to the forthcoming guideline will appear here.

Environmental offences definitive guideline

Following a consultation the Sentencing Council is publishing its new definitive guideline on environmental offences, which has been issued in accordance with section 120 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

This guideline applies to all offenders aged 18 and over and organisations sentenced on or after 1 July 2014.

All sentencers will receive hard copies of the guidelines.

We are working on incorporating the changes into the Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines.

We are also publishing a response to the consultation which summarises some of the very useful feedback and comments we received. We have greatly benefited from the consultation process and have improved some of the detail of the guideline in response to comments received.

A revised resource assessment and equality impact assessment have also been produced to support the definitive guideline.

A research bulletin to support the development of this guideline has also been produced. All research and analysis publications can be found here.

A press release is also available.

Fraud, bribery and money laundering: corporate offenders – definitive guideline

Following consultation the Sentencing Council is publishing a new definitive guideline on fraud, bribery and money laundering offences committed by corporate offenders which will come into force on 1 October 2014.

The guideline is issued in accordance with section 120 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and applies to all corporate offenders who are sentenced on or after 1 October 2014.

Guideline distribution

The guideline will not be distributed in hard copy until later this year when guidelines for individuals who have committed fraud, bribery and money laundering offences are issued.

Response to consultation

The definitive guideline has taken on board the views of  the judiciary, those working across the criminal justice system and other interested parties.