Scotland’s sentencing guidelines published
Protection of the public and rehabilitation of offenders will be included as purposes of sentencing in the first Scotland-wide guideline.
The Scottish Sentencing Council (SSC) has published a report on the guideline, which sets out general principals and purposes of sentencing for all offences.
The council looked at changes made to the draft document ahead of it being submitted to the High Court for approval.
One key change is replacing the sentencing purpose of reduction of crime with rehabilitation of offenders and protection of the public.
An additional supporting principle was added to include giving consideration to the impact on others affected by the offence, as well as to the victim. The core principal is fairness and proportionality,
Lady Dorrian, Lord Justice Clerk and SSC chairwoman, said: “The responses to our first public consultation exercise were invaluable in informing our work to finalise the Principles and Purposes of Sentencing guideline,”
Lady Dorrian says responses have been invaluable