The Sentencing Council has today (16 December) launched a new tool for Crown Court judges to help them avoid common errors in sentencing and confirm that all elements of their intended sentence are lawful.

SentencingACE – which stands for ‘avoidance of common errors’ – is primarily aimed at judges, but is also available as a reference source for defence and prosecution practitioners to ensure the court is addressed on all matters relevant to sentencing and to help avoid technical sentencing errors in their submissions.

Conceived by a High Court judge and tested by Crown Court judges, the tool covers more than 800 offences, including those most commonly sentenced. The Sentencing Council said that, in ti...

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