Sentencing criminal offences—sentencing guidelines and resources
Sentencing criminal offences—sentencing guidelines and resources

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

  • Sentencing criminal offences—sentencing guidelines and resources
  • Sentencing Guidelines
  • Sentencing Council guidelines for Corporate Crime practitioners—serious cases
  • Sources of information on sentencing
  • Sentencing trackers

The Sentencing Council (SC) of England and Wales is empowered by section 120 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (CJA 2009) to develop and produce guidance on sentencing for courts in England and Wales. In particular, the CJA 2009 requires that the SC maintains guidance on the reduction in sentence for a guilty plea under section 144 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, and on the application of any rule of law as to the totality of sentences.

CJA 2009, s 125(1) requires that every sentencing court must follow any sentencing guideline relevant to the case when sentencing every offender unless the court is satisfied that it would be contrary to the interests of justice to do so. Where the guidelines are not followed, the court must state its reasons for doing so.

For more information, see Practice Note: Sentencing—Sentencing Council for England and Wales and its guidelines.

Sentencing Guidelines

The SC’s offence specific Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines (MCSG) cover offences for which sentences are frequently imposed in a magistrates’ court when dealing with adult offenders. They are readily accessible and available online. The MCSG is searchable by offence, making it easier for practitioners to find the information they need quickly.

The SC also has published offence-specific guidelines for Crown Courts when sentencing specific criminal offences, readily accessible online. The offence