Judges are told to cut jail terms for thieves – The Times

Posted May 10th, 2007 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“Thousands of petty criminals and thieves will avoid jail under Government plans proposed yesterday to ease the overcrowding crisis engulfing prisons.”

Full story

The Times, 10th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Penal policy – a background paper – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 9th, 2007 in Ministry of Justice, prisons, sentencing by sally

“The creation of a Ministry of Justice gives us an opportunity to deliver on our objectives of protecting the public, reducing re-offending and sense in sentencing. This paper outlines how an effective penal policy will protect the public and reduce re-offending.”

Penal policy – a background paper (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 9th May 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Regina v C; Regina v Bartley; Regina v Baldrey; Regina v Price; Regina v Broad – Times Law Reports

Posted May 9th, 2007 in law reports, sentencing by sally

Reflecting overall criminality

Regina v. C; Regina v. Bartley; Regina v. Baldrey; Regina v. Price; Regina v. Broad

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Where it was appropriate to make an extended sentence consecutive, and one of the sentences was a determinate sentence, that sentence should be imposed first and the extended sentence expressed to be consecutive.”

The Times, 9th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Indefinite jail terms forecast to treble in the next five years – The Times

Posted May 8th, 2007 in news, sentencing by sally

“An explosion in the use by the courts of a new indeterminate sentence is predicted to nearly treble the number of prisoners serving an indefinite term in jail to a ‘crisis’ level of 25,000 in five years.”

Full story

The Times, 8th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Softer line on crime vetoed as jails fill up – The Times

Posted May 8th, 2007 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“A package of measures to head off a summer prison overcrowding crisis, including abolishing the option of custody for shoplifting offences, has been vetoed by Tony Blair, The Times has learnt.”

Full story

The Times, 8th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Judges ‘may be forced into lighter sentences’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 8th, 2007 in Ministry of Justice, news, sentencing by sally

“Criminals may receive lighter sentences as the result of a new ministry being launched tomorrow, according to England’s most senior judge.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 8th May 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

The relationship between state, sentencers and probation (judicial and probation autonomy) by Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers

Posted May 3rd, 2007 in probation, sentencing by sally

The relationship between the state, sentencers and probation (judicial and probation autonomy) (PDF)

Speech by Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

Probation Boards Association Conference, 2nd May 2007

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

‘Acquaintance rapists’ treated more leniently – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 1st, 2007 in news, rape, sentencing by sally

“Rapists whose victims withdrew their consent to sexual activity at the last moment may receive lighter sentences under guidelines published yesterday.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 1st May 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Third update to Guideline Judgments Case Compendium – Sentencing Guidelines Council

Posted April 30th, 2007 in sentencing by sally

“A new update has been published for the Council’s compendium of guideline judgments first issued in March 2005.  It includes summaries of recent decisions dealing with the sentencing of dangerous offenders and the approach to sentencing for breach of an anti-social behaviour order.  It also summarises judgments relating to specific offences including causing death by dangerous driving/causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs, and health and safety offences.”

Compendium – Third Edition (PDF)

Source: www.sentencing-guidelines.gov.uk

Regina v. Krivec – Times Law Reports

Posted April 27th, 2007 in law reports, sentencing by sally

Justified leniency is to be commended 

Regina v. Krivec (Attorney General’s Reference No. 8 of 2007)

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Judges should not refrain from imposing on a defendant the sentence considered appropriate because of apprehension that that might cause the Attorney-General to challenge it as unduly lenient. Leniency where the facts justified it was to be commended, not challenged.”

The Times, 27th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

‘Lenient’ child-fight sentence is reviewed – The Times

Posted April 26th, 2007 in child abuse, news, sentencing by sally

“The Attorney General is to review the suspended prison sentences given to four women who goaded two toddlers into fighting and then filmed them.”

Full story

The Times, 25th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Tougher prison sentences ‘have little impact on the flow of drugs’ – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2007 in drug trafficking, news, sentencing by sally

“The courts are handing out three times as much prison time for drug offences as a decade ago but such ‘get tough’ sentencing has done little to stem the flow of drugs on to the streets, where prices continue to fall, according to a study.”

Full story

The Guardian, 19th April 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Elderly neighbour from hell jailed for breaching Asbo – The Independent

Posted April 18th, 2007 in ASBOs, elderly, news, sentencing by sally

“An 81-year-old woman described by a judge as the ‘original neighbour from hell’ has been jailed for six months.”

Full story

The Independent, 18th April 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Punish according to cost, says former justice chief – The Times

Posted April 18th, 2007 in news, sentencing by sally

“A new sentencing regime in which judges punish offenders according to cost was called for by the former Lord Chief Justice today.”

Full story

The Times, 18th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Asbo breach OAP to be sentenced – BBC News

Posted April 16th, 2007 in ASBOs, elderly, news, sentencing by sally

“An 81-year-old woman is due to be sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court after being found guilty of harassment and breaching her Asbo.” 

Full story

BBC News, 16th April 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina v. Hardy – Times Law Reports

Posted April 12th, 2007 in computer crime, law reports, police, sentencing by sally

Jail for unlawful computer access

Regina v. Hardy

Court of Appeal

“Police officers had to realise that accessing the police national computer for an improper purpose was an offence that required an immediate prison sentence.”

The Times, 12th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.