Setencing Council survey

The Sentencing Council is launching the first survey of its kind to analyse the use of sentencing guidelines in all Crown Courts in England and Wales.

The Crown Court Sentencing Survey, which will be launched on 1 October, will also monitor whether current guidelines are effective in covering the wide range of cases that can arise for particular offences. Chairman of the Sentencing Council, Lord Justice Leveson, said: “The participation and commitment of court staff is not only essential to making the survey work, it is absolutely critical. We have a statutory obligation to undertake this work and we simply cannot do it without the help of the courts.” The survey has already been piloted in four Crown Courts – Liverpool, Snaresbrook, Winchester and Worcester – involving all members of the full and part time judiciary.