The Sentencing Council has published a new General Guideline with extended explanations.
The new Guidelines comes into force for all individual offenders aged 18 and older and organisations sentenced on or after 1 October 2019. On that date, the SCG Seriousness guideline will be withdrawn.
The Council has produced a short video guide to accessing and using the General guideline and the expanded explanations, which is available on its website.
The following changes were published on 24 July 2019 and came into effect immediately:
The following changes will be made by 1 October 2019 and came into effect immediately:
Sentencing Council Chairman, Lord Justice Holroyde, said:
“The publication of the General guideline and expanded explanations marks an important change in the way sentencing guidelines are accessed and used in England and Wales. Since November 2018 sentencing guidelines have been published in digital format on the Sentencing Council website and now expanded explanations are embedded in all offence specific guidelines and in the General guideline”.