Credit for guilty plea
Credit for guilty plea

The following Corporate Crime practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Credit for guilty plea
  • Basis for giving credit for an early guilty plea
  • The first reasonable opportunity—the first stage of the proceedings
  • Pleas entered at a later stage
  • Procedure for applying credit
  • Advising on plea in a complex cases
  • Reductions in sentence in specific scenarios
  • The defendant indicates a guilty plea at the PTPH in the magistrates’ court and is then sent to the Crown Court
  • The defendant has learning difficulties but has pleaded guilty at the first appearance in the Crown Court on an either-way offence
  • The defendant indicates a guilty plea then absconds and is sentenced later for a bail offence
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020) among other measures, makes temporary provision for the extended use of live links and audio links in criminal proceedings. See Practice Notes: Operation of the criminal courts during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and Criminal Procedure Rules (CrimPR)—update for Coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as Availability of live links in criminal proceedings during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic—checklist. See also Practice Note: Practical guide to remote hearings in the criminal courts during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and Practical tips for attending remote criminal hearings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic—checklist. For updates on key developments and related practical guidance on the implications for lawyers, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the criminal justice system—overview and Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit.

This Practice Note reflects the procedural code for sentencing offenders in England and Wales (Sentencing Code) that applies from 1 December 2020, as set out in Parts 2–13 of the Sentencing Act 2020 (SA 2020). For those considering whether the Sentencing Code applies to their case, see Practice Note: Sentencing Code.

Basis for giving credit for an early guilty plea

The sentencing court is under a statutory duty to take into account the stage in proceedings at which the offender indicated their intention to plead guilty and the circumstances in which that indication was given.


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