158 Meaning of “pre-sentence report”
158 Meaning of “pre-sentence report”

(1)     In this Part “pre-sentence report” means a report which—

(a)     with a view to assisting the court in determining the most suitable method of dealing with an offender, is made or submitted by an appropriate officer, and

(b)     contains information as to such matters, presented in such manner, as may be prescribed by rules made by the Secretary of State.

[(1A)     Subject to any rules made under subsection (1)(b) and to subsection (1B), the court may accept a pre-sentence report given orally in open court.

(1B)     But a pre-sentence report that—

(a)     relates to an offender aged under 18, and

(b)     is required to be obtained and considered before the court forms an opinion mentioned in section 156(3)(a),

must be in writing.]