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Law Commission report on the Sentencing Code

Government response


07 June 2019
Law Commission report on the Sentencing Code

On the 22 May, the government published their interim response to the Law Commission’s Report on the Sentencing Code. The government accepted the main recommendations in the report to bring in a draft Sentencing Code Bill and draft Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill. They announced plans to introduce the latter Bill to parliament shortly.

The government have agreed that replacing the complex, multi-layered pieces of legislation that cover sentencing procedure with a single source of statue would be beneficial to the judiciary, ensure consistency and improve public confidence in the criminal justice system. The response also notes that while not all 11 further recommendations are suitable to be introduced as part of the consolidation process, there may be future engagement on those issues. The government point out that, once enacted, the Code will be available for amendment, which will allow future Parliaments to make changes to sentencing procedure where necessary.

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