Scot­land’s sen­tenc­ing guide­lines pub­lished

The Scotsman - - Around Scotland - By LAURA PATER­SON

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

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