Sentencing council

The sentencing council for england and wales has been set up by part four of the coroners and justice act 2009.

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales has been set up by part four of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 to promote greater transparency and consistency in sentencing, whilst maintaining the independence of the judiciary.

The Sentencing Council is an independent, non-departmental public body of the Ministry of Justice and replaces the Sentencing Guidelines Council and the Sentencing Advisory Panel.

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales will:

  • promote a clear, fair and consistent approach to sentencing; 
  • produce analysis and research on sentencing; and
  • work to improve public confidence in sentencing.

The Council will fulfil the following functions contained in the Coroners and Justice Act 2009:

  • prepare sentencing guidelines;
  • publish the resource implications in respect of the guidelines it drafts and issues;
  • monitor the operation and effect of its sentencing guidelines and draw conclusions;
  • prepare a resource assessment to accompany new guidelines;
  • promote awareness of sentencing and sentencing practice; and
  • publish an annual report that includes the effect of sentencing and non sentencing practices.

The primary role of the Council is to issue guidelines on sentencing which the courts must follow unless it is in the interest of justice not to do so.

Source The Sentencing Council.

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