Press releases issued by the Sentencing Council are posted below. For all press releases issued by the Sentencing Guidelines Council and Sentencing Advisory Panel, please go to archived press releases.
27 June 2013
The Sentencing Council has announced new proposals for how people convicted of fraud, money laundering and bribery should be sentenced.
14 March 2013
New proposals for how environmental offenders like fly-tippers should be sentenced have been launched today by the Sentencing Council.
The Sentencing Council has launched a consultation today on its proposals for how guidance for courts on sexual offences should be brought up to date.
20 August 2012
From 20 August 2012, courts in England and Wales will be adopting a tougher approach to the way those convicted of dangerous dog offences are treated as a new sentencing guideline comes into effect.
15 May 2012
A tougher approach to the way those convicted of dangerous dog offences are treated by the courts is contained in a new guideline from the Sentencing Council published today.
Sentencing Council publishes guidelines on allocation, offences taken into consideration and totality
06 March 2012
The Sentencing Council has published definitive guidelines on three overarching aspects of sentencing: allocation, offences taken into consideration and totality.
24 January 2012
Today the Sentencing Council has published a new definitive guideline on drug offences.
15 December 2011
New proposals about how the owners of dangerous dogs should be sentenced by the courts are being announced today, with the launch of a public consultation on the first sentencing guideline that covers dangerous dog offences.
13 October 2011
Today the Sentencing Council is publishing a new definitive guideline for the sentencing of burglars.
Sentencing Council launches consultation on draft guidelines on totality, offences taken into consideration and allocation
15 September 2011
The Sentencing Council is seeking views on its proposed sentencing guidelines on three overarching aspects of sentencing: totality, offences taken into consideration and allocation, with a consultation launched today.
12 May 2011
Today, the Sentencing Council is launching a three-month public consultation on its proposals to introduce a new guideline for judges and magistrates on the sentences for all offences which involve burglary.
28 March 2011
Today, the Sentencing Council is launching a three-month public consultation on its proposals to introduce a new guideline for judges and magistrates for the sentencing of drugs offenders.
16 March 2011
Today, the Sentencing Council is publishing a new guideline for judges and magistrates.
01 December 2010
With the consultation on the Sentencing Council’s revised guideline on assault due to close on 5 January 2011, Council chairman Lord Justice Leveson is keen to remind people to take the opportunity to give their views.
13 October 2010
Today the Sentencing Council launches a 12-week public consultation, proposing changes to the guidelines that judges and magistrates use to sentence people for offences of assault.
29 March 2010
The Lord Chancellor, Jack Straw, and Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, today announced the appointment of the new members of the Sentencing Council for England and Wales, the independent body being set up to support greater consistency in sentencing.
16 March 2010
The Lord Chief Justice, with the agreement of the Lord Chancellor, has offered the appointment as Chairman of the Sentencing Council to Lord Justice Leveson, currently the Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales.