Sentencing Guidelines Council

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An independent body whose role is to issue sentencing guidelines to assist all courts in England and Wales. It took over responsibility for developing sentencing and allocation guidelines from the Court of Appeal and the Magistrates' Association. Its aims are to: give authoritative guidance on sentencing; give a strong lead on the approach to allocation and sentencing issues based on a principled approach which commands general support; and enable sentencers to make decisions on sentencing that are supported by information on effectiveness of sentences and on the most effective use of resources.

Subjects: Law.

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