Sentencing Guidelines

As from 9 May 2007 responsibility for Sentencing Guidelines transferred to the Ministry of Justice.

Situation prior to 9 May 2007:

The Home Affairs Committee has decided to review draft guidelines produced by the Sentencing Guidelines Council. In its first report to the House on a draft guideline in November 2004, the Committee commented: "We do not envisage our function as being to give or withhold formal approval of each guideline, or to provide extended analysis of its contents, but to focus on particular issues of concern or interest to Parliament or the public. Where we consider that a draft guideline raises major issues, we will make a report to the House on these. In the case of other guidelines we will supply our comments to the Council in the form of a letter from the Chairman, which we will also publish on our website."

Session 2006-07

Draft Sentencing Guideline: Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty Plea
Letter from the Chairman of the Committee to the Chairman of the Sentencing Guidelines Council 13 March 2007

Session 2005-06

Draft Sentencing Guideline: Robbery HC 947 7 March 2006

Draft Sentencing Guideline: Custodial Sentences of Less Than 12 Months: Criminal Justice Act 2003
Letter from the Chairman of the Committee to the Chairman of the Sentencing Guidelines Council 16 May 2006

Draft Sentencing Guidelines: Domestic Violence: Overarching Principles and Breach of a Protective Order HC 1231 28 June 2006. See also Press Notice.

Draft Sentencing Guidelines: Sexual Offences Act 2003 HC 1582 28 July 2006. See also Press Notice.

Session 2003-04

Draft Sentencing Guidelines 1 and 2 HC 1207 4 November 2004
Reduction in sentence for a guilty plea and Overarching principles: seriousness and New sentences: Criminal Justice Act 2003