Skip to navigation Skip to content

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.


Fraud, bribery and money laundering – definitive guideline

Following consultation the Sentencing Council is publishing a new definitive guideline on fraud, bribery and money laundering offences. This also incorporates the guideline for offences committed by corporate offenders, which was published in January 2014.

The guideline is issued in accordance with section 120 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and applies to all offenders aged 18 and older and to organisations who are sentenced on or after 1 October 2014.

All sentencers will receive hard copies of the guidelines.

A version of the complete Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines incorporating the sentencing guidelines on fraud, bribery and money laundering offences, which come into effect on 1 October 2014, has also been produced.

This version will replace the current version on the guidelines to download page on 1 October 2014.

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.

Other documents

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

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