Sentencing criminal offences—sentencing guidelines and resources

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

  • Sentencing criminal offences—sentencing guidelines and resources
  • Sentencing Council for England and Wales and its guidelines
  • Sentencing Guidelines
  • Sentencing Council guidelines for Corporate Crime practitioners—serious cases
  • General guideline on seriousness and overarching principles
  • Guideline on imposing community and custodial sentences
  • Guidelines on offences taken into consideration and totality
  • Mental health conditions and disorders
  • Mental health conditions and disorders sentencing guidelines
  • Other sources of information on sentencing
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Sentencing criminal offences—sentencing guidelines and resources

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.

Sentencing Council for England and Wales and its guidelines

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales (SC) is a statutory body 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. CJA 2009 requires that the SC maintains guidance on the reduction in sentence for a guilty plea under SA 2020, s 73 and on the application of any rule of law as to the totality of sentences.

The SC is required to provide guidelines that can be general in nature or limited to a specific offence or category of offence or offender. The guidelines should specify the offence range that is appropriate to impose on a person convicted of that offence. Where different categories of case are described by the SC it should specify, for each category, a range within the offence range. The SC should also specify a starting point within the offence range.

The SC has produced offence specific guidelines for sentencing most

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