Today, Lord Justice Treacy has been announced as the new chairman of the Sentencing Council. A member of the Council since it was established in 2010, his move to this role follows the announcement of previous chairman Lord Justice Leveson’s new role as President of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court.
His appointment has been made by the Lord Chief Justice with the agreement of the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling, and is for an initial period of three years.
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The Sentencing Council has published its third annual report outlining activities from April 2012 to March 2013.
The report details the Council’s work on guidelines covering: allocation, offences taken into consultation and totality; dangerous dog offences; fraud offences; sexual offences and environmental offences. It also covers ongoing research, including the Crown Court Sentencing Survey.
A copy of the report is available.
Mr Justice (John) Saunders has been appointed to the Council by the Lord Chief Justice with the agreement of the Lord Chancellor.
He replaces Lord Justice Treacy following his elevation to the Court of Appeal and has been appointed for three years.
Mr Justice Saunders was called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1972, and was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 1991. He was appointed as a Recorder in 1990, and became a Senior Circuit Judge and the Recorder of Birmingham in 2004. In 2007 he was appointed as a High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division. He was Presiding Judge on the South Eastern Circuit from 2009 – 2012.