The existing assault sentencing guidelines came into effect in January 2012; at the same time, the attempt murder guideline was revised.
Following an “extensive and complex project”, new sentencing guidelines have been announced for certain violent offences, including new guidance for assaults on emergency workers.
Sentencing guidelines are referred to by any sentencing tribunal to...Read More
Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has written to NHS staff voicing his concern in relation to the use of violence against emergency workers. Hancock’s approach mirrors that taken last year by police chiefs worried about the rise in violence used towards police officers.
Why is it needed?
Last year’s NHS Staff Survey revealed that 15% of NHS staff and 34% of...Read More
A new domestic abuse sentencing guideline has been published today (22 February), giving courts up to date guidance that emphasises the seriousness of this offending.
What is domestic abuse?
There is no specific crime of domestic abuse – it can be a feature of many offences, such as assault, sexual offences or harassment. The guideline aims to ensure that the seriousness of these...Read More