The Sentencing Academy has produced a report reviewing ethnicity and custodial sentencing trends from 2009 to 2019. Over the years, several official reports have addressed the role of race and ethnicity in sentencing decisions. The current report looked at sentencing patterns for different offender profiles with two key issues that emerged. The first was ethnic disproportionality, and the...Read More
The Crown Prosecution Service and law enforcement agencies have agreed a consistent approach to the handling of illegal entry cases for those entering the UK via small boats and lorries.
Their guidance has been updated in the sections regarding small boats and larger vessels, passengers and prosecution strategy/international enquiries. It is primarily concerned with prosecuting those who bring...Read More
An unusual case was dealt with at the Court of Appeal recently concerning offences of rape, and in particular the question of consent.
The victim, referred to as X, was the partner of Smith, who was the leader of a large-scale drugs conspiracy. Smith enjoyed watching X have sex with his friends; he was much older than X. She apparently consented to the sex with Ivor, George, Thomas and Mike,...Read More
Benjamin Monk, a police officer, has been sentenced for the manslaughter of Dalian Atkinson, who died in 2016.
Dalian Atkinson was an ex-footballer who had played for several clubs, including Manchester City and Aston Villa, before retiring from the game in 2001. In August 2016, Mr Atkinson was suffering from kidney failure, and it appeared he was suffering from mental health issues and...Read More
The Sentencing Council has the responsibility of developing and monitoring sentencing guidelines. The aim is to promote consistency in sentencing while maintaining the independence of the judiciary.
Following a consultation period, the Council has published sentencing guidelines for offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The guidelines apply to adult offenders and cover the following four...Read More
Trade Mark offences are the latest set of offences to be given sentencing guidelines by The Sentencing Council.
The Sentencing Council produces guidelines on sentencing for the judiciary and criminal justice professionals. The aim is to promote greater consistency in sentencing whilst maintaining the independence of the judiciary. The guidelines set sentencing ranges within the maximum for the...Read More
A recent case brought by the environment agency has resulted in Southern Water being fined £90 million after pleading guilty to 6.971 unpermitted sewage discharges which polluted rivers and coastal waters in Kent, Hampshire and Sussex.
The offences were held to be caused by deliberate failings; they were widespread and long term breaches causing major harm to protected areas, conservation...Read More
The Royal College of Psychiatrists has published a report on mentally disordered offenders in the criminal justice system. They provided a position statement on customising community sentencing for offenders with mental disorder/s.
The report states that there are thousands of people in prison because there were no safer alternatives available, such as a mental health treatment requirement...Read More
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill was introduced in the House of Lords in early July and awaits a second reading. The Bill is formed of thirteen parts, including provisions to:
introduce measures for the protection of the police;
introduce legislation for the prevention, investigation and prosecution of crime;
make changes to the policing of protests;
create new offences for...Read More
The current law relating to communications offences is proving to be out of date already given the surge in digital communication and social media in recent years. In an attempt to address this, The Law Commission has published a set of recommendations aiming to address the harms that arise from online abuse. As a counterbalance, protections for freedom of expression are recommended to...Read More