Law Commission: A New Sentencing Code for England and Wales

1 Jul 2015 12:00 PM

Today the Law Commission is publishing the first consultation in their project to create a New Sentencing Code for England and Wales.

The law on sentencing affects all criminal cases, and is applied in hundreds of thousands of trials and at thousands of appeals each year. But it lacks coherence and clarity: it is spread across many statutes, and frequent updates are brought into force at different times by different statutory instruments and have a variety of transitional arrangements.

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Sentencing Procedure: Transition issues paper