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Sentencing for theft offences – consultation launched on sentencing guidelines
03 April 2014

The Sentencing Council has launched a 12-week consultation on its proposed guidelines for judges and magistrates to use when sentencing people for theft offences.

Find out more about the consultation exercise.

Read the press release.


Sexual offences guideline comes into effect
01 April 2014

Following a period of training and implementation the definitive guideline on sexual offences came into effect on 1 April 2014.

Versions for the Crown Court and magistrates' courts are available.


Sentencing Council launches new definitive guideline for environmental offences
26 February 2014

Today, the Sentencing Council is publishing a new guideline for judges and magistrates on the sentencing of environmental offences.

The new guideline, which has been issued following a public consultation, will come into effect on 1 July 2014.

A press notice is available from here.