Scottish Sentencing Council

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In a blog written for and originally published by the Scottish Sentencing Council, Sheriff Jillian Martin Brown explains the work of the problem-solving court in Forfar. The problem-solving court in Forfar originated out of a partnership between sheriffs sitting in Arbroath Sheriff Court and the Gle

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To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week 2022, the Scottish Sentencing Council has published a new research report reviewing the challenges of and approaches to sentencing offenders with mental health issues. The literature review, carried out by a group of expert academics from universities ac

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The Scottish Sentencing Council has published three short animated videos about its sentencing young people guideline. Each video focuses on one of the guideline’s key themes: The council premiered the videos at a webinar it held jointly with the Children and Young People’s Centre for Ju

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"Significant progress" was made by the Scottish Sentencing Council in the development of sentencing guidelines in 2020-21 despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, according to its chair, Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk. Writing in the council’s 2021-21 Annual Report, which was laid b

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A new sentencing guideline requires courts to have regard to rehabilitation as a primary consideration in sentencing young people, in recognition of their greater capacity for change. Following extensive research and consultation, the council submitted the ‘Sentencing young people’ guide

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The High Court of Justiciary has approved a new sentencing guideline developed by the Scottish Sentencing Council aimed at increasing public knowledge and understanding of the sentencing process in Scotland. The sentencing process guideline sets out an eight-step guide that courts should follow

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The Lord Justice General, Lord Carloway has appointed Sheriff Iain Fleming of the sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin to become the new sheriff member on the Scottish Sentencing Council. Sheriff Fleming was appointed as a part-time sheriff in 2005 and as a full-time sheriff in 2014, following a c

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Two new members have been appointed to fill vacant positions on the Scottish Sentencing Council. Dr Hannah Graham has been appointed as a lay member of the council, replacing Professor Neil Hutton. Dr Graham is a senior lecturer in criminology at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at

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A draft guideline on sentencing has been hailed by the Faculty of Advocates as “concise and easy to understand” and a benefit to the public. The sentencing process has been prepared by the Scottish Sentencing Council and aims to set out the various steps taken by judges in making a sente

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