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The Definitive Guideline on Assault Offences

Neil Hutton

in Sentencing Guidelines

Published in print July 2013 | ISBN: 9780199684571
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191765032 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684571.003.0006
The Definitive Guideline on Assault Offences

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The chapter examines the ways in which sentencing decision making is defined and justified in the definitive guideline on assault offences issued by the Sentencing Council for England and Wales. In particular, attention is devoted to examining how consistency,both in terms of outcomes and process, is defined by the guideline and how the guideline provides a mode of public accountability for sentencing decision making. Justice is conceived of as a collaborative performance by legislators, guideline designers and judicial officers.

Keywords: Sentencing Guidelines; Consistency; Accountability; Discretion; Sentencing Council

Chapter.  8571 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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