The Law Society has called for a “consistent approach” in giving credit on sentencing for guilty pleas.

Society president Simon Davis spoke out following reports that reduced sentences to reflect offenders’ early guilty pleas could be abolished.

Recent reports suggested that the justice minister Robert Buckland considers that discounts in sentences of up to a third for early guilty pleas undermine public confidence in the justice system and are being exploited by offenders.

Davis said: “There should be a consistent approach in giving credit for a guilty plea irrespective of the strength of the evidence against the defendants.

“The advantages to victims and witnesses of not having...

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