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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

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.

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

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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

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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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