Sentencing Council
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Assault guidelines

On 13 October 2010 the Sentencing Council launched a 12 week consultation proposing changes to the guidelines that judges and magistrates use to sentence people for offences of assault.

The Sentencing Council has published a draft guideline, a full consultation paper intended for criminal justice professionals, a shorter public consultation paper, a resource assessment and an equality impact assessment.

If you are a member of the public and you wish to read and/or respond to the consultation please download the following document:

Alternatively, you can complete our online questionnaire.

If you are a criminal justice professional (including members of the judiciary) and would like to read and/or respond to the consulation, please download the following document:

Other useful documents:

The closing date for response is 5 January 2011

Please send your response by , or by post to Nigel Patrick, Office of the Sentencing Council, Steel House, 11 Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9LJ.

Our consultations

Sentencing Council consultations will follow a similar process each time. Firstly, a consultation questionnaire will be issued with a draft guideline and a resource assessment. These documents will set out questions, suggestions and context for those responding, to comment on.

Once all the feedback has been received, the Council will issue a response to the consultation as well as an executive summary and final resource assessment document.

The final stage of the process is for the definitive guideline to be published.

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