Law Commission draft Sentencing Code and Report published
The Law Commission have published a draft Sentencing Code alongside an accompanying report. The Sentencing Code is intended to be a single statute which contains all of the law on sentencing procedure by consolidating the existing legislation.
Howard League calls for sentencing guidelines for young adults – a new report
The Howard League for Penal Reform have published a report which concludes that formal sentencing principles for 18 - 25 year olds, similar to the Sentencing Council guidelines that are in place for children, would assist the courts and improve sentencing outcomes.
A case on sentencing children and young adults for manslaughter
The Court of Appeal held that the sentencing starting points taken by the judge, which had ranged from eight years and two months to nine years and six months' imprisonment, were lenient, however, not unduly lenient.
Judging maturity – A report on sentencing young adults
This report by the Howard League and Transition to Adulthood recommends that The Sentencing Council should work towards developing formal sentencing principles for young adults, similar to the principles that are in place for children.
Arson – a case on sentencing children
R v JT  EWCA Crim 1942 This judgment is a good example of the distinct and individualistic approach to be taken when sentencing children. Details The appellant was charged with, what on the face of it, was a serious matter of arson. The appellant had set fire to bus in a bus station, which […]
A case on the mandatory minimum term for children guilty of murder
R v Ammar Kahrod (2018) CA (Crim Div) (Hallett LJ, Kerr J, Sir Andrew Smith) 04 July 2018 The appellant’s sentence to a minimum term of 17 years for a murder which was not premeditated and in which he did not have an intention to kill, was not found to be manifestly excessive. The fact […]
Court of Appeal ruling on CBOs: ‘Such orders are not to be lightly imposed’
In this case the Court of Appeal ruled that the Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) should not have been made. CBOs should only be made in limited circumstances and then only in if tailored to the specific facts of the case.
Judicial College Crown Court Compendium on Sentencing
The Judicial College has published The Crown Court Compendium (May 2016), providing guidance on directing the jury in Crown Court trials and when sentencing. It contains specific guidance on the sentencing of children.
R v Hobbs – turning 18 is not a cliff edge – another Court of Appeal ruling
The Court of Appeal have ruled that when sentencing an 18 year old for an offence of manslaughter, committed when she was 17, the sentencing court should have had regard to the sentencing guidelines for children and young people as well as to the level of her maturity given that she was still a young adult