The Sentencing Code: A plan for sentencing

17 October 2017, 6.00 PM - 17 October 2017, 7.30 PM

The Lady Hale Moot Court Room, 8-10 Berkeley Square, University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1HH

Bristol-based lawyers, students and policy-makers are invited to have their say on new proposals to change sentencing law at an event hosted at Bristol University.

Experts from the Law Commission will deliver a lecture followed by a Q&A session where they will set out a new Sentencing Code which is out for public consultation.

Making sentencing simpler

A deluge of legislation over the past 30 years means that judges and magistrates currently have 1300 pages of complex and overlapping laws to sift through when sentencing. As a result sentencing takes far too long. The time between charge to final disposal of a case is around 2 months in magistrates’ courts and 8 months in the Crown Court, often costing millions and delaying other cases. The Law Commission has proposed a fix to modernise the law, bring greater transparency and improve efficiency.

The proposals

The new Sentencing Code would:

  • help stop unlawful sentences by providing a single reference point for the law of sentencing, simplify many complex provisions and remove the need to refer to historic legislation;
  • save up to £255million over the next decade by avoiding unnecessary appeals and reducing delays in sentencing clogging up the court system;
  • rewrite the law in modern language, improving public confidence and allowing non-lawyers to understand sentencing more easily; and
  • allow judges to use the modern sentencing powers for both current and historic cases, making cases simpler to deal with and ensuring justice is better served.

For more information about the Sentencing Code visit the Law Commission website.

Contact information

Places are free but may be limited. To book a place please register through eventbrite.

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