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What next for the Sentencing Council?

April 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the Sentencing Council.

Lord Justice Holroyde, Chairman, and Members of the Council invite you to join us on Friday 3 April 2020 at The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL to help us celebrate our first 10 years and look forward to the next.

This one-day event will look at the impact of the Sentencing Council, the evolution of the sentencing guidelines and what effect these have had on the approach to sentencing and the work of the courts.

Building on this insight and looking forward, we also want to hear your thoughts on how the Council might balance its obligations and objectives over the next 10 years. We will be launching a consultation on 10 March 2020 to consider what is next for the Sentencing Council. Our event will draw on the consultation themes in a discussion that will help shape the future priorities and direction of the Council.

In the afternoon, we will be running six syndicate groups. Each group will be run twice.

If you would like to reserve a place for this event, please email by 20 March 2020. Please tell us your which are your two preferred syndicate groups and select a third option in case either of your preferred groups are oversubscribed.

Sentencing Council 10th Anniversary Event Programme

Timing Session
9:00 Registration and coffee

Welcome to the day

  • Steve Wade, Head of the Office of the Sentencing Council

Chairman’s opening remarks

  • The Rt Hon Lord Justice Holroyde, Chairman of the Sentencing Council


  • The Rt Hon the Lord Burnett of Maldon, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and President of the Sentencing Council
  • The Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Research on the impact of the Council in its first 10 years

  • Emma Marshall, Sarah Poppleton and Amber Isaac, Office of the Sentencing Council
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 Question and answer session on the impact of the Council

Introduction: future priorities for the Council

  • The Rt Hon Lord Justice Holroyde, Chairman of the Sentencing Council
12:30 Lunch
13:45 Keynote
Speaker to be confirmed
14:00 Panel session: views on future direction of the Council
Panel members to be confirmed
14:30 Coffee break
14:45 Syndicate groups

Chairman’s summing up and close

  • The Rt Hon Lord Justice Holroyde, Chairman of the Sentencing Council
16:15 Drinks
A cash bar will be available in the Vulliamy Lounge on the ground floor of the Law Society

Printable programme: Sentencing Council 10th Anniversary Event Programme

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