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Shorter sentences

Paul Tain reports on the Sentencing Advisory Panel’s proposals for reducing sentences after a guilty plea

19 December 2003

The Sentencing Advisory Panel (SAP) is embarking on an enquiry into the issue of reduction of sentence for pleading guilty. This will be the first time it has advised on a general sentencing principle rather than on a particular offence. The SAP will also be proffering its advice to the Sentencing Guideline Council (SGC) rather than the Court of Appeal. This will be the first opportunity to determine whether the creation of the SGC has, in practice, any real implications for the constitutional independence of the judiciary. Is the SGC simply a sensible method for making sentencing policy reflect the perceptions and attitudes of the wider community, or will they diminish the protections from the state which should be afforded to individuals by judges? The SAP is consulting on all aspects of guilty plea discount, including general principles. Maximum amount of any discount, relevance of timing of the plea, occasions when a guilty plea might not result in a reduced sentence and the relat...

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