More prisoners to be freed early – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 27th, 2007 in criminal justice, news, sentencing by sally

“Thousands more convicts are to spend less time in jail as a result of law and order measures published by the Government yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 27th June 2007

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Father jailed for refusing to pay child maintenance despite ex-wife’s support – The Times

Posted June 26th, 2007 in child support, news, sentencing by sally

“A lawyer was jailed yesterday for refusing to pay child support to his former wife, despite her pleas that he should not be given a custodial sentence.”

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The Times, 26th June 2007

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Call for appeal over ‘pathetically lenient’ rape sentence – The Guardian

Posted June 26th, 2007 in news, rape, sentencing by sally

“The attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, is considering an appeal against a sentence given to a man for raping a 10-year-old girl.”

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The Guardian, 26th June 2007

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Magistrates’ jailing powers to be slashed – The Observer

Posted June 25th, 2007 in magistrates, news, sentencing by sally

“The Government will this week spark a new war with the judiciary by stripping England and Wales’s 30,000 magistrates of powers to hand out suspended jail terms, in a fresh bid to ease the prisons crisis.”

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The Observer, 24th June 2007

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Sentencing change leads to £10m jail backlog – The Guardian

Posted June 25th, 2007 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“Ministers seriously underestimated the huge numbers of inmates who would clog up prisons under the new indeterminate sentences for public protection (IPPs) and will not be able to process them through the system for at least another two years, officials admitted yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2007

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Roll-call of ‘lenient’ judges – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 25th, 2007 in judges, news, sentencing by sally

“More than 100 criminals, including murderers and sex offenders, had their sentences increased last year because judges were “unduly lenient”, figures showed yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd June 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Related link: Statement by Sir Igor Judge: Unduly Lenient Sentence statistics

Transport thugs may face heavier sentences – Reuters

Posted June 20th, 2007 in news, sentencing, transport, violence by sally

“Thugs who commit crimes on public transport may face longer sentences than at present because of the fear they spread with their mindless aggression, Chancellor Gordon Brown said on Tuesday.”

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Reuters, 19th June 2007

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Gunmen ‘let off full jail terms’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 14th, 2007 in firearms, news, sentencing by sally

“Only one in five criminals convicted of possessing a firearm has been sentenced to the mandatory minimum jail terms created by the Government to fight gun crime, Home Office figures show.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th June 2007

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Outrage as child sex offenders avoid jail – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 11th, 2007 in news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

“Thousands of sex offenders including paedophiles and rapists have escaped with cautions rather than being jailed over the past five years.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th June 2007

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R v. Harries and others – WLR Daily

Posted June 11th, 2007 in law reports, sentencing by sally

R v. Harries and others

“A term of imprisonment for public protection should not be imposed for an offence which was committed over a period of two or more days which straddled the coming into force of the dangerous offender provisions where it was not clear when the offence was actually committed.”

WLR Daily, 6th June 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

R v Brown; R v Carty – Times Law Reports

Posted June 5th, 2007 in law reports, murder, sentencing by sally

Removing disparity in life tariffs reflecting age disparity of murderers

R v. Brown; R v. Carty

Court of Appeal

“Where two codefendants committed a murder jointly and one was aged just over 18 and the other just under, the sentencing judge, in fixing the minimum terms to be served, should adopt the starting point appropriate to each age and then move to a position where any sentence disparity was no more than a fair reflection of the age difference between the offenders.”

The Times, 5th June 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.

Regina v. McNee; Regina v. Russell, Regina v. X – Times Law Reports

Posted May 31st, 2007 in law reports, sentencing by sally

Sentencing judge can consult tariff

Regina v. McNee; Regina v. Russell; Regina v. X

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Although when imprisoning a defendant to a discretionary life sentence, the sentencing judge was not obliged to have regard to the minimum tariffs for mandatory life sentences set our in Schedule 21 to the Criminal Justice Act 2003, it was not wrong to do so.”

The Times, 31st May 2007

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Website lists likely punishments – The Times

Posted May 31st, 2007 in magistrates, news, sentencing by sally

“Anyone up before a magistrates’ court can now go online to find out the likely sentence for the alleged offence in advance of the hearing.”

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The Times, 30th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

‘Devoted’ husband gets life for killing wife – The Guardian

Posted May 25th, 2007 in murder, news, sentencing by sally

“A husband who killed his wife after she begged him to help her die was jailed for life today.”

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The Guardian, 25th May 2007

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Ministry may threaten judges’ independence – The Times

Posted May 25th, 2007 in judges, Ministry of Justice, news, sentencing by sally

“Judges’ independence will come under pressure as they are urged to tailor sentences according to prison spaces under the Ministry of Justice, a former senior Conservative minister said yesterday.”

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The Times, 25th May 2007

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Regina v. Barot – Times Law Reports

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in law reports, sentencing, terrorism by sally

Terrorist conspiracy sentence guidelines require review

Regina v. Barot 

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“The level of sentences for terrorist conspiracies and attempts to commit mass murder should be increased.”

The Times, 23rd 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.

Toddler goading sentences to stay – BBC News

Posted May 21st, 2007 in child abuse, news, sentencing by sally

“The Attorney General has said the sentencing of four women who filmed two toddlers fighting will not be referred to the Court of Appeal.” 

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BBC News, 18th May 2007

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Bomb plotter Barot has minimum jail term cut – The Times

Posted May 16th, 2007 in news, sentencing, terrorism by sally

“Dhiren Barot, the British al-Qaeda terrorist given a life sentence for plotting atrocities in the UK and US, had his minimum jail term cut from 40 to 30 years at the Court of Appeal today.”

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The Times, 16th May 2007

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Sentence extended for lawyer murder – The Times

Posted May 14th, 2007 in murder, news, sentencing by sally

“One of the two robbers convicted of murdering Linklaters lawyer Tom ap Rhys Pryce had his minimum custodial term increased by the Court of Appeal today.”

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The Times, 14th May 2007

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Judges seek to retain sentencing powers in prisons crisis – The Guardian

Posted May 14th, 2007 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“The new justice secretary, Lord Falconer, is under pressure to find a solution to the prison overcrowding crisis without threatening judicial independence by leaning on judges to pass lighter sentences.”

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The Guardian, 14th May 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk